Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

OPAL KEEPS AN EYE ON COST OF LIVING

Wednesday May 10, 2017

Opal customers will have certainty over public transport fare adjustments with Opal fares to move in line with inflation:

 

  • Limited 2.4% CPI only increase to Opal fares from July 3
  • Gold Opal remains at $2.50 all day travel
  • Popular ‘Transfer Discount’ to remain

 

The NSW Government announced today the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s average annual increase of 4.2 per cent has been rejected. Opal fares will instead only be adjusted to CPI, meaning a small rise in fares of 2.4% from July 3.

 

“We’ve always put commuters first. We’ve had a fare freeze in place since last year and now customers can be guaranteed increases will mirror inflation while ensuring we can continue to provide more services,” Mr Constance said.

 

Following are some sample CPI changes:

 

Journey

Mode

Current price

New price (CPI adjusted)

Penrith to Town Hall

Train (peak)

$6.46

$6.61

Blacktown to Baulkham Hills

Bus

$4.50

$4.61

Manly to Circular Quay

Ferry

$7.18

$7.35

Dulwich Hill to Pyrmont Bay

Light Rail

$3.50

$3.58

 

 “The impact on an average customer is roughly 50 cents a week, and means taking the train, bus, ferry or light rail is still a much cheaper option than driving,” Mr Constance said.

 

The CPI adjustments mean the following changes to daily and weekly caps:

 

Weekday & Saturday

Sunday

Weekly

                 Current

New

Current

New

Current

New

Adult

$15.00

$15.40

$2.50

$2.60

$60.00

$61.60

Child/Youth

$7.50

$7.70

$2.50

$2.60

$30.00

$30.80

Concession

$7.50

$7.70

$2.50

$2.60

$30.00

$30.80

 

 “Our transport network has proven to be an easy, convenient and reliable system and we’re continuing to see increased demand across all modes of transport,” Mr Constance said.

 

From July 3 also:

 

  • Gold Opal card holders retain unlimited all day travel for $2.50 on any day of the week.
  • Adult Opal card customers retain the $2.00 ‘Transfer Discount’ every time they change mode on a journey, and the transfer is within 60 minutes.
  • Child/Youth and Concession Opal card customers retain a ‘Transfer Discount’ of $1.00 every time they change mode on a journey and the transfer is within 60 minutes.

 

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said it was important price shocks weren’t too drastic for commuters and today’s announcement means a modest increase only, while customer satisfaction for trains and buses is now at a high of 89 per cent.

 

“Under Labor, public transport fares skyrocketed 87% while the network was falling apart. The comparison couldn’t be starker, we’ve kept fares low while investing billions in new rail lines and we also have brand new trains on the way to increase reliability and services,” Mr Constance said.

 

“Labor has methodically been sneaking around NSW conducting an abysmal fare scare campaign. We can again show today you just can’t trust anything they say.”