Commuters in Sydney have become first in the country allowed to use their credit cards to tap on and off services across Australia.
Commuters travelling on Sydney Ferries and the Inner West Light Rail can now leave their Opal card at home and instead tap on with their credit card, mobile wallet, smartwatch or other contactless payment devices.
The light rail system is just the start, with a plan to have "smart" payments rolled out right across the train network by the end of the year.
"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".
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If you usually have Child, Concession or Seniors travel concession, you should stick to your Opal card for now.
The government announced the trial of contactless technology in April 2016, but mobile and card payments were limited to the single Manly-Circular Quay ferry route. He said it is targeted at people looking for convenience.
"After overwhelmingly positive customer feedback, were adding more services, more modes and more card providers", Mr Constance said.
"This is the ideal solution if you're a regular commuter who has left their Opal card at home". This offer has since been expanded to American Express and VISA.
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"Contactless transport payments make purchasing one-off fares quick, easy and seamless", says Transport Minister Andrew Constance in an official statement.
The state's Opal system is modelled on London's Oyster card.
Touching on with a credit or debit card will incur a charge identical to an Adult Opal single-trip ticket, however the credit card payment system will not include the price benefits of using an Opal.
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