Opal readers have been confirmed as installed at all stations on the Illawarra and most stations on the East Hills Line, leaving only the Bankstown and Airport Lines to complete the Sydney Trains network. Train stations out to Casula and Carlingford began accepting Opal cards last Friday, and this is set to be extended out to Emu Plains and Richmond by the end of this month. This is in addition to stations out to Wyong and Bondi Junction, which already accept Opal cards.
The state government has made no announcements about the next stage of the rollout, in particular whether it will occur line by line or to the entire network. The staged rollout to Wyong (31 January), Carlingford/Casula (14 February), and Emu Plains/Richmond (28 February) suggest that it will continue to be rolled out line by line. However, the rapid pace of installation of readers at stations means the entire Sydney Trains network could be switched on to accept Opal cards in one go. At the current pace, this could be as early as March.
Opal is currently also accepted at all ferry wharves and 2 bus routes (594/594H and 333). It’s set to be rolled out to all train stations and buses by the end of the year, and to light rail (including the Dulwich Hill extension) by 2015.