The government has also said it would roll out its new public transport ticketing system - dubbed the Opal card - onto ferries this year.
As many regular ferry passengers would probably use two transport modes for their journeys, will this mean they will need two lots of tickets for each trip??
Yes most likely, until the government roles out opal onto buses and trains, ferry passengers are going to have to carry the opal card & either a MyBus Or MyTrain Ticket
. The passengers who use Manly Fast Ferries & Sydney Fast Ferries usually carry two tickets the smartcard for the ferry & a MyZone Ticket. Thankfully the government has confirmed that it'll retain control of the fare & ticketing when Sydney Ferries is privatised, making it not as complicated as those passengers who use Manly Fast Ferry or Sydney Fast Ferries.
Newcastle Flyer wrote:I wonder if that was the first time both Stockton ferries are used - at the same time for Australia Day, or just a usual Australia Day extra.
Probably Yes (due to Australia Day), this very similar to the Manly Ferry Service. When The Summer Timetable is effective all 4 Freshwater Class Vessels are put into service (MV Freshwater, MV Queenscliff, MV Narrabeen & MV Collaroy) also sometimes the odd MV Lady Northcott may fill in if one of the Freshwater Class Vessels are out of service. But when the regular Manly Ferry Timetable is effective (after the summer period & school holidays finish) then only 3 Freshwater Class Vessels are needed to operate the service (This is when most/nearly every vessel in the Sydney Ferries Fleet gradually gets general maintenance e.g. painting, repairs & cleaning).