Opal, Sydney’s electronic smartcard ticketing system, is to be rolled out to all stations as far as Wyong on Friday 31 January. This will add the Inner West, Northern, North Shore, and Central Coast Lines to the Eastern Suburbs Line and City Circle, as well as part of the North Shore Line through to Chatswood, to the list of stations where Opal can be used.
Opal currently also operates on all ferries and the 594 and 333 bus routes, and is on track to be rolled out to the entire transport network by the end of the year. Cards can be obtained only via the Opal website. Plans for Opal cards to be available from retailers in “early 2014” have been pushed back to “late 2014”.
The next stage in the rollout will be on the Western Line, where Opal readers have currently been installed out to Granville and Carlingford Stations. These stations, as well as others out to Penrith and Richmond, are currently scheduled to have Opal reader installed and operational by the end of March.