From Monday 16 April a trial of Opal card only services will begin for bus routes around the North Shore and North West areas, which operate out of the State Transit Ryde Depot.
This means that single tickets will no longer be sold on the bus and that you will need to have a topped up opal card to travel. All routes serviced by Ryde depot will become Opal Only, even if a specific service is not operated by Ryde to avoid confusion.
Ryde depot was chosen for the trail as it has the lowest number of cash fare sales per day despite being the largest depot by trips operated. Changing to Opal card only services will allow for faster boarding times resulting in fewer delays, more reliable on-time running and increased safety for bus drivers.