Public transport users in NSW face a 2.4 per cent increase in Opal fares from July, which the state government stresses is in line with inflation and needed to offset a decline in revenue.
Last year, the state’s pricing regulator recommended the government increase overall public transport fares by an average of 4.2 per cent annually over a three-year period, well above inflation.But Mr Constance said it was important that price shocks were not too drastic for commuters and he described the changes in Opal fares from July 3 as a “modest increase”.
First they replaced free travel with half fare after 8 paid trips. That can technically be counted as a 12.5% increase for Monday to Friday commuters. This additional 2.4% brings increases to almost 15% and Constance is acting like he’s doing us a favour. I’m not sure why they’re experiencing a decline in revenue. Perhaps they can allow peak hour commuters to sit on top of carriages.