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Opal card fares to rise on July 3, Transport Minister Andrew Constance announces

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.

Source: Opal card fares to rise on July 3, Transport Minister Andrew Constance announces

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