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by Passenger 57
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

Does anyone know what this really means? In particular, is it an emulation of the physical Opal card, i.e. stored value or a digital version of a prepaid contactless offering or something else yet again?
by Passenger 57
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

If the peak starts during the train trip then you'd be charged $3.20 on the last trip. The trip planner is still calculating the fare with the discount applying to every mode change for an off-peak fare of $1.60 for a B-T-B journey with the same distance bands.
by Passenger 57
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

moa999 wrote: Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:38 pm Some discussion on the Whirlpool forum seems to have resulted in some amendments to the Opal rules description on the website.
Something on Whirlpool resulting in change? Are you sure? Pretty poor though that some journeys cost more with a 50% discount than they will cost with a 30% discount.
by Passenger 57
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

https://transportnsw.info/stop?q=10101315 You can go to the information page of each station to view the peak time. I didn't spend time to check every station. As Goulburn is no exception, I don't think any other station would be. I suspect TfNSW has simply failed to update the page correctly rathe...
by Passenger 57
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

Given the morning peak commences a half hour earlier and ends an hour later it seems likely that there would be some change to the exception if indeed it still exists. See what happens when you travel after 8:30am.
by Passenger 57
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024
Replies: 119
Views: 24617

Re: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024

The great difficulty I have is trying to "determine whether schedule 1 applies I feel invisible sometimes: TfNSW claims in their pricing proposal the increase in the 0-3km bus and light rail is "aligned to the appropriate maximum fares as defined in Schedule 1 of the determination". IPART concurs t...
by Passenger 57
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024
Replies: 119
Views: 24617

Re: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024

Another rule to remember for the next three months: take a 0-3kn bus trip before boarding a train in the off-peak to receive a discount of 20 to 40 cents on the Adult fare.
by Passenger 57
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

The only limit that I'm aware is the transaction limit - which I see has been doubled for the pandemic. The Opal "transactions" should be offline so the behaviour can't be entirely correlated to online transactions at a retailer. I seem to recall there may be reason codes on the printed transaction ...
by Passenger 57
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

Updated post with links.
by Passenger 57
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

I notice that you need to be on the "maximum rate of Centrelink benefit" to qualify for a Transport Concession Card if you don't happen to be on a Centrelink Pension where you automatically get a federal Pensioner Concession Card if you qualify at all. Possibly, Federal payments received by NSW may ...
by Passenger 57
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024
Replies: 119
Views: 24617

Re: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024

Did you read the determination? Unlike the 2016 determination, where there is a formula, this one sets maximum prices in schedule 1 for the determination period. The inflation multiplier only applies if the determination is extended beyond 2024.
by Passenger 57
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024
Replies: 119
Views: 24617

Re: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024

Can someone confirm my understanding of IPART's Final Determination . TfNSW claims in their pricing proposal the increase in the 0-3km bus and light rail is "aligned to the appropriate maximum fares as defined in Schedule 1 of the determination". IPART concurs that this is so in their fact sheet. Ye...
by Passenger 57
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024
Replies: 119
Views: 24617

Re: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024

Media release on transport.nsw.gov.au
by Passenger 57
Fri May 01, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

I wonder if the Opal upgrade will enable new options to provide: (i) a transfer discount between light rail and ferry Looking at archived versions of transportnsw.info via web.archive.org that appears to have been snuck in some before the CSELR launch. I think they were too embarrassed to issue a p...
by Passenger 57
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5419
Views: 836590

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

stupid trackless tramway technology What's so stupid about bigger more comfortable electric buses with more doors and steering guidance? I have my doubts about flash charging but there is place for vehicles that can leave the wires at least for a while. Sure you need rails for larger vehicles but I...
by Passenger 57
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Covid-19
Replies: 206
Views: 23326

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

Have the rats taken advantage of the current crisis to seize control?
by Passenger 57
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521115

Cash top-up/ticket machines going cashless

I notice the ticket/top-up machine I passed yesterday at Rose Bay Wharf had a sign on it stating that it would no longer accept cash in the future. Given the timing and the suggestion on the notice to use contactless it would seem precipitated by the roll out of contactless across the network but th...
by Passenger 57
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Free Wifi for Central Coast stations
Replies: 20
Views: 3760

Re: Free Wifi for Central Coast stations

boronia wrote:A lot of the free wi=fi in Japan requires a valid email address because they send you an activation link.
Do they all use the 10 minute free method as per pgt's response or just keep the activation link alive for a longer period?
by Passenger 57
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Free Wifi for Central Coast stations
Replies: 20
Views: 3760

Re: Free Wifi for Central Coast stations

The one that Westfield use does check, as I tried it with an invalid email address and it didn't let me on as such. Well, the bogus one I use, which was probably an example.com address continues to work. Checking for a valid domain can be done quickly, Postively verifying that the complete address ...
by Passenger 57
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Trackless Tram to Western Sydney Airport
Replies: 21
Views: 3318

Re: Trackless Tram to Western Sydney Airport

“Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will be a digital airport. Doesn't this tell you all you need to know about this scheme. The study will look at the steps required to get the technology to Western Sydney and the potential of a trackless tram for high-quality development in ...
by Passenger 57
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Free Wifi for Central Coast stations
Replies: 20
Views: 3760

Re: Free Wifi for Central Coast stations

I've never encountered any free WiFi that bothered to verify beyond possibly checking the domain is valid. I used to feel a tiny bit guilty about increasing what load of spam example.com must get but upon checking now it seems they have put an MX record in the DNS with an invalid IP address to defle...
by Passenger 57
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Trackless Tram to Western Sydney Airport
Replies: 21
Views: 3318

Re: Trackless Tram to Western Sydney Airport

I'm amused the spin doctors have had to revert back to using the word "tram" again because trackless light rail is a much more obvious oxymoron. Does this mean we may see new buses that are longer than 12.5m again and we just won't call them buses or that TfNSW won't be involved in this proposed pro...
by Passenger 57
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW On Demand Buses
Replies: 477
Views: 147399

Re: NSW On Demand Buses

Any Opal service according to the page you linked rather than only Interline route services, or Opal bus and train trips according to the help page. The transfer credit is only available to those who jump through the necessary hoops to register and pay for trips with their Opal card. See the On dema...
by Passenger 57
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5419
Views: 836590

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

matthewg wrote: I think for all practical purposes, the trams are a fixed 10 section cars. They will only split for maintenance.
Why not just join single ended trams back to back preferably with a walk through arrangement then. Is this more to do with the future resale/reuse of the vehicles?

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