Concession travel on the Opal network becomes easier for ACT seniors
From Monday 31 October 2016 concession travel on the NSW Opal public transport network will be a whole lot easier for seniors from the ACT. Transport Canberra in partnership with Transport for NSW has developed a new process that automatically validates ACT seniors’ eligibility for concession travel in NSW.
ACT seniors will be able to get a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card that does not expire, as long as they remain eligible. Transport for NSW is also removing the 60 day expiry on around 880 existing eligible ACT seniors’ Gold Opal cards.
If you are over 60, a permanent resident of the ACT and working 20 hours or less each week, you are eligible for an ACT Seniors Card and a Gold Opal card, giving you concession travel capped at $2.50 a day* across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands Existing ACT Gold Opal cardholders are being reminded of the benefits of registering their card:
- The balance can be protected if the card is lost, stolen or damaged
- Customers can request a replacement Opal card and transfer the balance to the replacement card
- Customers can check their travel history.
*Excludes the Sydney Airport Station access fee
How do ACT Seniors Card holders apply for a Gold Opal Card that does not expire?
ACT seniors no longer have to apply using a paper-based application form for a Gold Opal card. To apply you can go online.
What do ACT Seniors Card holders need before they apply?
To complete the online application, seniors from the ACT will need:
- first and last names exactly as Transport Canberra has them on file
- date of birth
- their Seniors Card identification number.