Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced Opal will go live on another 720 buses in Western Sydney, North Sydney and Sutherland in the next week, as the rollout of Opal on buses passes the halfway mark.
Next Tuesday 26 August 330 buses across Western Sydney and the Sutherland Shire will go live with Opal, giving thousands more customers access to cheaper fares and more convenient travel. Opal will also expand onto all State Transit buses in North Sydney from today.
Ms Berejiklian said these latest milestones mean customers can now tap on and tap off all suburban and intercity trains, all Sydney Ferries, and from next week, 2,890 buses across Sydney.
Updated 6/3/2015 for new 2015 fares
Due to the way Opal implements minimum required balances for travel, it’s possible for your Opal card to fall into having a negative balance.
To travel with Opal, all that’s required is the minimum balance at time of tap on.
The minimum value to tap on with Opal depends on the time of tap on and the mode of transport. For trains, the minimum balance is $2.36 during off-peak and $3.38 during peak hours. For ferries it is $5.74 and for buses or light rail, $2.10.
Of course, you will need to top up again in order to use the card, but once you’ve tapped on, you can travel anywhere and tap off.
With the announcement that now you can purchase an unregistered opal card from a retailer with as little as $10 cash, this makes this option slightly more feasible.
The availability of Opal cards from retailers is imminent, with many retailers already receiving stock and some already selling the cards.
As of August 1st, there are just under 1,000 Opal card retailers across greater Sydney.
The Opal card itself is ‘free’, however you are required to top it up at the same time. Continue reading