Regular Opal customers will pay no more than $50 a week under a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government plan to take the pressure off families.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s strong economic management means the Opal Weekly Travel cap will be slashed by about 20 per cent for all train, bus, ferry and light rail customers.
“Public transport is a significant cost for regular commuters and we want to make it more affordable,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We expect around 55,000 commuters will benefit from the lower cap, with thousands to save up to $686 a year.
“This is only possible because we have worked our guts out to repair the budget and now we are in a position to take the pressure off families and lower fares for customers.”
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said reducing the cap from $63.20 from 1 July 2019 would encourage more people to leave their cars at home and catch a train, bus, ferry or tram.
“Only the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to reducing the cost of public transport,” Mr Constance said.
“During Labor’s 16 long, dark years in office public transport fares went up by 60 per cent.”
All of the other Opal benefits already in place will remain, including the Weekly Travel Reward, the Opal Transfer Discount, the $2.50 Gold Opal cap and the $2.70 Sunday Cap.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has saved households more than $200 million over the last year through a raft of cost of living measures, including cheaper Green Slips, $100 Active and Creative Kids vouchers and Free Rego.
Example of yearly savings for regular commuters:
|Weekly Cost||Today||From 1 July||Yearly Saving|
|Penrith to Town Hall||$60.84||$50||$563|
|Waterfall to Town Hall||$60.84||$50||$563|
|Engadine to North Sydney||$60.84||$50||$563|
|Seven Hills to Wynyard||$60.84||$50||$563|
|Panania to Chatswood||$60.84||$50||$563|
|Tuggerah to Central||$63.20||$50||$686|
|Kiama to Sutherland||$63.20||$50||$686|
|Meadowbank to Barangaroo (Ferry)||$63.20||$50||$686|
|Olympic Park to Parramatta (Ferry)||$54.09||$50||$212|
|Leppington to Blacktown||$60.84||$50||$563|