Cheap fares for NSW jobless

NSW job seekers can now apply for a special concession Opal Card for half price bus fares

Bus fares will be 50 per cent cheaper for eligible NSW job seekers who hold a concession Opal Card, to help them look for work.

NSW minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance says this should make public transport an attractive option for job seekers and make their lives a bit easier at a difficult time.

"Access to an Opal card for job seekers means that for first time they can enjoy all of the benefits of Opal including a 50 per cent discount on the cheaper Opal adult fares," he says.

"They can also get free trips after eight paid journeys, plus daily fare caps of $7.50 Monday to Saturday and only $2.50 on Sundays."

The announcement was made as he toured and officially opened a new customer service centre at Sydney’s Central Station, which Constance says will make travelling easier for the 100,000 people using the Grand Concourse each day.

The customer kiosk will be able to provide tourist information, Opal Card top-ups and it includes a new mobile device recharge station.

An 11 metre-long digital information board made up of 20 individual screens will display timetables and information about major events.

"Customers have told us they want convenience and this is what the upgrades well and truly deliver," Constance says.

An upgrade to the website means customers can now plan a trip to and from regional NSW from their phone, tablet or desktop computer.

"Customers can now for the first time use the website to trip plan anywhere in NSW, as well as interstate to and from Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra," Constance says.

"Previously you could only plan a trip in Greater Sydney."

The website upgrade now provides access to all NSW TrainLink train and coach services and bus and ferry services in regional centres across NSW.

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