Opal Fare Increase from July, but Wollongong Shuttle still free…for now

As of 2 July, Opal fares will increase by 2.2 per cent, in line with the consumer price index (CPI). The Senior/Pensioner Gold Opal won’t change and will remain at $2.50 for all day travel any day of the week.

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The fare adjustments will also impact daily and weekly caps. The daily cap will increase from $15.40 to $15.80 for adults and from $7.70 to $7.90 for child/concession ticket holders, with the Sunday cap increasing form $2.60 to $2.70 for all passengers. The weekly fare cap will increase from $61.60 to $63.20 for adults and from $30.80 to $31.60 for child/concession ticket holders.

Despite plans to bring the Wollongong Shuttle into the Opal Network as part of this fare increase, a funding agreement was reached between Transport for NSW, Wollongong Council and the University of Wollongong to keep the service free for the next 12 months.

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