26 September 2023

Opal network to shine contactless

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The Minister for Transport has announced that contactless technology has been switched on across the entire Opal network.

The Minister, Andrew Constance said the achievement marked a significant milestone in the Australian-first transport innovation.

Mr Constance said customers now had the ease of tapping on with a range of options, including debit and credit cards.

Chief Officer for State Transit, Steffen Faurby said he was proud that the government-owned bus operator would deliver improved services for customers.

“Buses today joined trains, ferries, light rail and Metro in allowing customers to tap on and off with their credit card, debit card or linked device – like a Smartphone,” Mr Faurby said.

“Customers using this payment method can access all the same fare benefits of an Adult Opal card, including the weekly travel reward and transfer discount.”

He said American Express, MasterCard and Visa were accepted and customers were now able to tap on and off using mobile wallets on Smartphone’s, tablets and wearable devices linked to their cards.

Mr Faurby said contactless technology had been switched on across the entire Opal network the same day the Bondi Link celebrated its first birthday.

Bondi Link has clocked up around 1.3 million in-service kilometres on daily travels from Bondi Beach to Circular Quay,” Mr Faurby said.

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