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Opal saves commuters $160 million since 2012
Lois Lee | 승인 2018.05.10 13:48

Opal transport network has reached a record of two billion customer trips, accounting for $160 million in savings since its launch in 2012. 

There are 3.7 million Opal Cards being used for more than 56 million trips a month, with an average of 13 million trips a week. 

“Reaching two billion Opal trips is an exciting milestone showing how far the Opal card has come since we launched it on a single ferry route trial at Neutral Bay,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. 
“Now in 2018, Opal geographically is the world’s largest electronic ticketing system, covering 40,000 square kilometres, 310 train stations, 44 wharves, 23 light rail stops and 39,599 bus stops,” she added. 

Commuters have experienced a total of $160 million in transport fare savings due to various incentives such as the weekly travel reward, the transfer discount, $2.60 Sunday cap for Adults, and daily reduced fares for Concession and Gold Senior/ Pensioner Opal card users. 

“Since Opal’s introduction in 2012, average Opal fares have not risen above CPI. While we’ve made plenty of improvements to public transport and are investing record amounts in transport infrastructure, we also focused on keeping fares affordable,” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said. 

“The data we capture through the Opal card is helping to inform our future planning and how we move people through train stations, bus stops and ferry wharves in the most efficient way possible,” he added. 

In addition to the fare savings, Opal has reflected Sydney commuter’s travel patterns and assisted in the introduction of 20,000 additional weekly public transport services. 

Lois Lee  info@hanhodaily.com

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