Electronic ticketing arrives in Sydney

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Sydney is set to begin a trial run of its new electronic ticketing system, Opal.

From June 14, passengers on the City Circle line will be able to test the new touch in/ touch out technology, which works on the same principles as London’s Oyster system, ahead of a full launch.

If successful, electronic ticketing will be rolled out gradually across more than 300 stations by the end of 2014.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said: “Under Opal we are offering cheaper fares for customers across the network and a further discount for people who travel outside of the peak – our message to our customers is that is if you use trains on the weekend or if you can travel outside of the peak on weekdays, you’ll save even more.

“The start of Opal on trains signals the end of fumbling for coins and ticket queues on a Monday morning – customers can link their Opal card to their credit or debit card and never have to worry about buying a ticket again.”

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