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Commuter win as government SLASHES Opal fees

Lucy Dean
Image: Getty
Image: Getty

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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