MEDIA RELEASE | Sunday, 13 April 2014
John Robertson MP, NSW Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
Penny Sharpe MLC, Shadow Minister for Transport
NSW LABOR CALLS ON TRANSPORT MINISTER TO TELL RAIL COMMUTERS OF POTENTIAL OPAL RIP OFF
WESTERN SYDNEY, CENTRAL COAST, HUNTER & ILLAWARRA COMMUTERS TO BE HIT HARDEST
The NSW Labor Opposition has called on the Minister for Transport to contact approximately 47,000 rail commuters who purchase monthly, quarterly and yearly MyTrain tickets and advise them that they will likely be financially worse off under Opal.
Labor has written to Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian calling on the government to contact the registered holders of monthly, quarterly and yearly train tickets to advise them that switching to Opal will potentially cost them more for the same trips.
Labor has also called on the O’Farrell Government to outline the long term plan for periodic tickets and whether they will be retained under Opal.
Under Opal, many commuters who previously purchased a periodic ticket will be worse off:
 Source: NSW Auditor General Report to Parliament – Volume 8 2013 – Transport.