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MULTIMODAL: Opal+ app users will be able to plan, book and pay for public and private transport journeys

Transport for NSW[1] is to officially launch the digital version of its Opal transit card that enables passengers to pay fares by tapping a reader with their NFC smartphone or smartwatch and to begin trialling a Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) app that will let users plan, book and pay for multimodal journeys across both private and public transport services.

The app — known as Opal+[2] — will also enable passengers to purchase a prepaid weekly or weekend subscription for unlimited travel on public transport, ‘journey bundles’ of between two and six metro, train, tram and bus tickets, and add-ons to pay for privately operated taxi, rideshare, e-bike and parking services.

Users will also be able to use an account-based feature called Opal Connect “to tap on and off with their phone or smartwatch using their digital wallet which is linked to their Transport Connect account”, Transport for NSW executive director Kurt Brissett says in a LinkedIn post[3].

In addition, Opal+ subscribers will receive regular discounts and special offers at selected food outlets and attractions and on airline tickets.

Transport for NSW is rolling out the digital transit card and piloting the MaaS app as part of a AUS$568m (US$396m) upgrade to the Opal system over the next two years that will also include the implementation of new Opal readers across the transport network.

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“This app will revolutionise the way we travel in NSW because it factors in first and last mile journeys, making it simpler and easier to leave the car at home and get from door to door,” NSW’s Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes says.

“Opal+ will

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