For the first time senior and pensioner customers can get a Gold Opal card on the spot at Opal kiosks located at 40 major train stations, bus interchanges, light rail stops and ferry wharves up until January 2016.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said that with the majority of paper tickets for public transport being phased out on 1 January 2016, it is time for customers to make the switch to Opal.
“With more than 2,000 Opal retailers and now 40 Opal kiosks at key locations across the public transport network plus also at major shopping centres, getting an Adult, Child/Youth or Senior/Pensioner Opal card has never been easier,” Mr Constance said.
“The Pensioner Excursion Ticket is one of the tickets that will no longer be sold from 1 January and seniors or pensioners can get their Gold Opal card at one of the Opal kiosks.
“To help customers get a card, Transport for NSW has set up information kiosks at transport hubs, so Adults, Children plus Seniors and Pensioners can now pick up an Opal card at sites from Fairfield to Manly and Woy Woy to Wollongong.
“Opal staff will be on hand to explain how the card works and help eligible customers apply for a Gold Opal card and walk away with the Gold card if their eligibility is confirmed.”
From today, customers can get the following cards from Opal kiosks at 40 locations across the public transport network:
- Adult Opal card – minimum $20 via credit or debit card
- Child/Youth Opal card – minimum $10 via credit or debit card
- Gold Opal card – a minimum $2.50 via credit or debit card; or customers can choose to place no value on the card until later.
- At the kiosks cash is not accepted, and existing customers can’t top up cards.
To apply for a Gold Opal card, seniors and pensioners do not need a credit card at the kiosk, just an eligibility card – NSW Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession card, or DVA NSW War Widow/ers card.
“We’ve had about 200,000 pensioners and seniors signing up to the Gold Opal card since we announced the phasing out of most paper tickets three months ago,” Mr Constance said.
“The Gold Opal card has many benefits including never paying more than $2.50 a day to travel across trains, buses, light rail and ferries.”
Mr Constance said customers can always be ready to travel by adding value to their card at one of the 2,000 retailers, many top up machines at stations, over the phone, online or at eight Service NSW centres.
To find out where and when the Opal kiosks will be operating at transport hubs and major shopping centres go to opal.com.au
Kiosks will be operating at various transport locations between now and 11 December and again in the first week of January 2016.
Opal Kiosks will also be in selected major shopping centres from now until 18 December and then from mid to late January 2016.