Cubic Transportation Systems and Transport for New South Wales have completed the migration to Opal smart card ticketing system with departure of the last paper tickets in Sydney, Australia.
Beginning this month, the old-style paper tickets for public transport will no longer be sold or accepted, marking the completion of Sydney’s transition to the modern, integrated electronic-ticketing system.
Commuters who do not own an Opal card can now purchase the single-trip Opal smart cards through 255 Opal top-up machines, which are located at train, light rail and ferry stops.
The transition to electronic ticketing system was initially commenced in December 2012. Since then, customers have taken 800 million trips while more than 7.5 million cards have been issued.
Designed, installed and operated by Cubic, the Opal card system is currently being used for 95% of all public transport trips.
Cubic Transportation Systems managing director for Asia-Pacific Tom Walker said: “Opal is enormously popular with Sydney and regional customers who no longer need to fumble for coins or wait in long ticket queues.
“The introduction of the single-trip smart cards provides a last resort option for customers who don’t have an Opal card at the time of travel.”