Opal for students

Sydney students may now be able to apply for an Opal concession card as part of a recent roll-out

Eligible students in Sydney are now able to apply for a concession Opal card which will allow a 50 per cent discount on adult fares.

Seven tertiary institutions have now signed up to be part of the Concession Opal card, with eligible students from the University of Sydney and University of NSW able to apply for their Opal card now.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian is delighted Transport for NSW has been able to start the rollout of the Concession Opal card in time for the start of classes, so students can immediately start taking advantage of Opal’s benefits.

"Eventually more than 250,000 tertiary students will be able to apply for the Concession Opal card and get a 50 per cent discount on the already cheaper Adult Opal fares for trains, buses, light rail and Sydney Ferries," she says.

"I am pleased Opal is proving so popular and I have no doubt tertiary students will love the convenience and savings their Concession Opal card has to offer."

Berejiklian says the seven participating tertiary institutions have worked closely with Transport for NSW to ensure they were ready for electronic ticketing.

"Once they are ready, we encourage institutions to contact Transport for NSW and ensure their students can be part of this exciting rollout," she says.

 "Students will be able to access all the benefits of Opal such as cheaper fares, daily travel caps and weekly travel rewards, providing free travel after eight paid journeys in a week.

"As well as cheaper and more convenient travel to classes, free travel rewards and a $2.50 Sunday travel cap, tertiary students with Opal have an incentive to catch public transport on weekends and explore popular tourist destinations such as the Blue Mountains and the Hunter – without breaking their budget."

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