Opal card in Parramatta

Parramatta commuters won't need a ticket to ride soon with the Opal card set to be activated in western Sydney this month.

Ticketless transport will be introduced on the Carlingford line on Friday and on the Western and Cumberland lines on February 28.

The Opal card has been progressively rolled out to train lines and by the end of the month commuters will be able to use it at 120 stations.

The card can already be used on Sydney Ferries on the Parramatta River and by the end of the year will be activated on all state-government trains, buses, ferries and light rail.

Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said he was delighted to see the card — which can already be used at City Circle and North Shore stations — available at Parramatta station. 

"It'll mean cheaper fares and shorter queues for many Parramatta commuters," he said. "As the fourth busiest station across the network with over 32,000 commuters daily, Parramatta station will benefit greatly from Opal."

Peak-time trips from Parramatta to Central, Blacktown and Lidcombe will cost 50 cents less with the Opal Card. After eight paid journeys from Monday to Sunday all journeys are free.

However, tens of thousands of people are expected to have to pay more to use the transport network under the card. 

While the card charges less for individual journeys it has been criticised for working against those who travel to Sydney on weekly, monthly or quarterly public-transport tickets. 

It's also been lambasted for not integrating fare structures and charging commuters separate fares for each individual bus, train or ferry trip.

Opal card activation 

■ Richmond and Emu Plains to Harris Park:Feb 14

■ Granville to the City:Feb 14

■ Carlingford to Rosehill:Feb 14

■ Richmond and Emu Plains to Harris Park:Feb 28

■ Schofields to Casula:Feb 28

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