Sydney ferry and light rail commuters swap Opal for credit cards

You Can Now Use Your Credit Card Instead Of An Opal Card

Sydney is the first city in Australia to use this technology, even though its commonplace in cities like London.

The "contactless payment scheme" came into play on Monday and is expected to be rolled out to trains before the end of the year, said NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance.

It means that instead of Opal cards, Sydney passengers are now allowed to "tap on" for single trips with their phones, tablets and smartwatches when travelling on ferries and light rail.

"Opal remains the most economical way for regular travellers to get around on the public transport network, offering transfer discounts and lower fares than a single-trip journey, however now there is an extra level of convenience for people who don't have an Opal card, have forgotten to top it up or don't travel regularly".

"It won't replace the benefits in terms of those that exist attached to the Opal card", Constance said.

The expansion of the program, which follows a successful trial on the Manly Ferry, was announced by NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance, who said the integration of contactless transport payments was about "choice and convenience".

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"It is created to be convenient for tourists, [or] for those who might have left their Opal card at home".

We are not replacing the Opal system. This offer has since been expanded to American Express and VISA.

By Amex's count, nearly 60% of Australians use contactless payments and one in six use mobile wallets, which means the option to use these payment methods on their daily commute will likely be a popular one. Mastercard's Division President for Australasia Richard Wormald said they are looking forward to rolling out similar solutions in other states and making Australian cities more connected.

Tap on before you board the ferry or light rail, just as you would with an opal card.

On the Manly Ferry, tourists and one-off users preferred to use a debit card. Around 40 percent of pay-as-you-go travel in London is now made with contactless methods.

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