Train commuters to tap into more efficient travelling with the Opal card

OPAL electronic ticketing will be rolled out to all South Coast train stations from Friday, April 4, months ahead of schedule.

The new system is designed to offer commuters cheaper, faster and more convenient train journeys on the South Coast and Illawarra rail lines, and right across the transport network.

Once rolled out across the South Coast, commuters will have access to cheaper fares, with a discount of up to 13 per cent compared to the single MyZone paper ticket price.

It will also result in a $2.50 daily cap on Sundays for Opal card customers and a daily travel cap of $15 from Monday to Saturday.

Instead of buying a paper ticket commuters will tap their Opal card on an Opal card reader at a train station to start their journey.

At the other end of the journey they tap again.

The electronic system will automatically calculate the fare and deduct it from the value stored on the Opal card.

Once customers put value on their card, they can set it up so it automatically tops up.

To register for an Opal card, customers can visit www.Opal.com.

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