The move to automated ‘‘pay-as-you-go’’ ticketing on Sydney’s public transport took another step today, with all ferry services to and from Parramatta and Rydalmere added to the Opal Card routes.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said the long-awaited Opal card would make commuting more convenient.
‘‘This easy to use, pay-as-you-go card means ferry commuters will no longer need to queue to buy a ticket for Sydney ferry services,’’ he said.
The so-called smartcards, which commuters can charge with an amount of money to scan instead of buying tickets, will be available across 40 wharves, eight ferry routes and at 17 train stations across the Sydney and lower north shore.
The cards will continue to be rolled out across the public transport network until available on all buses, trains and ferries.
It has been a long wait for the service that was originally promised for the Sydney Olympic Games by the former Labor government.
“After more than a decade we are finally seeing an electronic ticketing system being rolled out across our public transport network” Mr Lee said.
But the smartcard trial on harbour ferries has not been without its complains.
The card, which has been ordered by about 20,000 people, offers no weekly, monthly or yearly tickets that save regular commuters money.
The primary price incentive is that commuters travel free on the card after making made eight journeys in a week.
But many ferry commuters in particular will pay more.
And holders of the paper-based MyMulti tickets, which will no longer be usable on ferries as of Sunday, who catch the ferry will also see an increase in fares.