Card offers cheaper trips

A NEW train card available at railway stations in south western Sydney is making commuting via public transport cheaper and faster.

The Opal card has been introduced at 22 train stations including Liverpool, Casula and Cabramatta.

The electronic card is similar in size to a credit card and can be used to travel on ferries, trains, buses and light rail.

Funds for travel fares are loaded onto the card and the electronic ticketing system calculates the fares and deducts them.

Commuters using the card tap the card reader at the start and end of their trip.

The card also offers customers benefits such as lower fares, weekly travel rewards, daily caps and discounts for off-peak travel.

Menai MP Melanie Gibbons said the card would make travelling via public transport easier, faster and more accessible.

"A single adult fare is $6.30 for commuters travelling from Liverpool to Town Hall with an Opal card compared to $6.80 with a paper ticket," she said.

"From Liverpool to Town Hall a weekly paper ticket costs $52, while with Opal you will only pay $50.40 plus you are rewarded with free travel on any mode for the rest of the week after eight paid journeys.

"Commuters also only pay for the travel they use and with fares capped daily they can travel anywhere on any mode and pay no more than $15.00 daily Monday to Saturday and only $2.50 on Sunday."

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