Good news for New South Wales train, bus and ferry users: the weekly fare cap will be reduced to $50 a week from $63.20, meaning daily commuters could save up to $13.20 a week.
The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the move to reduce the cap by 20 per cent would benefit 55,000 commuters who will save up to $686 a year.
“Public transport is a significant cost for regular commuters and we want to make it more affordable,” Berejiklian said.
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The new cap will come into effect from 1 July 2019, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said, claiming the reduced fares will prompt more people to use public transport to get to work.
Other Opal benefits including the $2.50 Gold Opal cap, the $2.70 Sunday Cap and the Opal Transfer Discount will stay in place.
How will it work for me?
This is how the new cap will affect certain routes:
|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|
The NSW government is gearing up for a state election this Saturday 23 March.
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