Bus, train and light rail fares in Sydney will be reduced by 50 percent from today, but only during off-peak hours and for travelers traveling more than two miles.
Holders of an opal card can benefit from half the price if they travel outside 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, and on Sydney Trains, Intercity Trains, Sydney Metro, light rail and bus.
The scheme, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, also applies to those traveling outside of the city on Intercity trains from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
The fall in prices will take effect from Monday and will be in place for the next three months to ease congestion on public transport and combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Opal card holders can take advantage of half the price if they travel outside 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, and on Sydney Trains, Intercity Trains, Sydney Metro, light rail and bus
The price drop will take effect from Monday and will be in place for the next three months to ease congestion on public transport and curb the spread of the coronavirus
This table shows how prices change for the rates for train, metro, bus and light rail
Andrew Constance, the Secretary of Transportation for New South Wales, said the incentive will save commuters up to $ 3.60 a week.
“We need commuters to get away from the shoulders of the peak and that time of day so we don’t see heavy patronage endangering people,” said Constance.
Once the three-month half-price savings ends, a permanent 30 percent discount for light rail travel outside peak times will take effect.
But the changes will not benefit everyone.
Commuters traveling by bus or light rail for less than 3 km are expected to pay up to 95c more for their ride.
Before the arrangement, a bus or light rail for less than 3 kilometers would have cost $ 2.24 during rush hour, but as of today, the same trip will cost customers $ 3.20.
A rush hour bus fare from Broadway to Central used to cost $ 2.24, but as of today $ 3.20.
Fares per train will remain the same during the new, extended during peak hours, but will be reduced for travel between 10am and 3pm and again after 7pm.
Prior to Monday’s changes, rush hour was considered 7:00 am-9:00am and 4:00 pm-6:30pm.
As of today, the government also dropped the capped Sunday rate of $ 2.80 and traded it in for a higher capped fee of $ 8.05.
The same fee will be introduced on Saturday, for which no spending limit previously applied.
“This is intended to spread public transportation on weekends and encourage people to travel by public transportation on both Saturday and Sunday,” said a statement from Mr. Constance’s office.
The savings scheme, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, also applies to those traveling on Intercity trains between 06:00 and 10:00
Pictured: This table provides examples of changes to your fare based on standard routes throughout Sydney
The rates for bus and light rail peak rides between zero and three kilometers are being increased to ‘encourage people to walk or cycle short distances or travel off-peak hours’.
The NSW government announced the significant changes on the recommendation of a report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
Shadow Transportation Secretary Chris Minns said everyone’s working hours vary and some workers cannot work when they want to.
“How are they going to convince their boss for many people that they can start working a few hours late?” Said Mr. Minns.
Meanwhile, a number of existing Opal benefits remain the same, including:
• The transfer discount of $ 2
• The daily limit of $ 16.10 ($ 8 concession)
• $ 50 weekly travel expense ($ 25 concession)
• Half price trips after eight trips in a week
• $ 2.50 unlimited travel for Gold Senior / Retired Opal cardholders
Social distance will still be advised, with green dots showing customers where to sit.
In May, public transport in Sydney ran at about 25 percent of its capacity with about 570,000 trips a day.
Typically, up to 2.2 million journeys are made by public transport in New South Wales.
Biggest Changes in Opal Rates
As of today, half rates apply for the following trips
– Outside 06.30-10.00 on Sydney trains, Sydney metro, light rail and bus.
– OOutside 06.00-10.00 on Intercity trains.
– Outside 3pm-7pm on Sydney Trains, Intercity Trains, Sydney Metro, light rail and bus.
Morning rush hours have changed from 7am to 9am to 6.30am to 10am on Sydney trains, Sydney metro, light rail and bus.
The afternoon rush hour has changed from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM to 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Sydney Trains, Intercity Trains, Sydney Metro, light rail and bus
Morning rush hour has changed from 6:00 am to 6:00 am to 6:00 am to 10:00 am on the intercity trains