Details of fare free travel on public transport have been revealed.
For 12 days, starting at 4.00am tomorrow (Thursday, 14 April) until 3.59am Tuesday, 26 April, a fare free period will apply for travel on all modes of public transport in Greater Sydney.
Member for Manly and NSW Environment Minister James Griffin anticipates millions of free trips will be taken across the Opal network. He encouraged people to take advantage of the free travel and help the economy at the same time but reminded commuters to tap on and off with an Opal card, or a contactless credit or debit card.
“The fare free period is designed to boost business and get the community moving, so head out to the Easter Show, catch a game of footy, commemorate Anzac Day or enjoy dinner with family and friends, with the cost of public transport on us.
“It has been a challenging time for many with floods, industrial action, and COVID-19. This initiative will deliver some hip pocket relief and encourage people to enjoy everything Greater Sydney has to offer.
“The Opal system will still operate as it helps Transport for NSW and other operators plan services and monitor passenger numbers, but commuters will not be charged and station staff will be on hand to help if they encounter any problems,” said Minister Griffin.
Details of the fare free travel:
- The 12 days of fare free travel runs from 4.00am Thursday, 14 April 2022, to 3.59am Tuesday, 26 April 2022 (the morning after Anzac Day)
- Tap on and off with a valid Opal card with a positive balance or contactless credit or debit card (American Express, Mastercard or Visa)
- For those travelling with school children, use a valid Child/Youth Opal card as School Opal cards do not work during school holidays
- The fare free period covers all Opal network services in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra, and includes Metro, train, bus, light rail and ferry services
- The fare free 12 days does not cover Keoride on-demand services
- The fare free 12 days does not cover NSW TrainLink Regional trains and coaches, including XPT and Xplorer services
- Fares from Sydney Domestic Airport or Sydney International Airport will still charge the train station access fee portion of the fare. The station access fee for Opal card or contactless travel is $15.13 for adults, and $13.54 for Child/Youth, Concession and Senior/Pensioner fares.
- Commuters will continue to enjoy free parking at Transport Park&Ride car parks for up to 18 hours, tapping in and out as normal
- For commuters tapping on with a contactless payment card or device, a pre-authorisation $1.00 charge will appear as a pending transaction that will be reversed at the end of the day
- Free fares will apply automatically. Queries about charges for fare free Opal network travel can be made online
- Green physical distancing dots continue to guide customers on the best places to sit and stand on all modes of transport
- Masks are still required to be worn at all times on all modes of transport
Public transport customers should visit transportnsw.info for the latest information and frequently asked questions of the fare free period.
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