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Commuters and tourists can now use their credit and debit cards to board Sydney trains and can expect similar access to buses by mid-2019.
The NSW Government announced the system has been rolled out across the city's entire train network, after trials on ferries and light rail.
The changes bring Sydney in line with other contactless payment methods in other international cities, such as London.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the new system would not replace Opal cards.
"Opal is not going anywhere and is still the most affordable way to pay for your fares, this is the NSW Government providing greater flexibility and convenience," he said.
"There was over 235,000 people who benefited from the last trial, now that this is on the train network where we see over one million journeys every day this will be of a huge benefit."
Fares paid on bank cards will be the same price and will still qualify for daily, weekly and Sunday travel caps.
However, a person using their bank card will not be able to claim concession fares or weekly travel discounts.
The Transport Minister said the changes would also mean visitors to the city will not have to load up an Opal card.
"It'll be wonderful for tourists, it's absolute convenience," Mr Constance said.
"Anyone visiting the city now can just use their credit card instead of chasing down an opal card at a retailer."
The State Government plans to expand the service to Sydney's buses by mid-2019.
Earlier this month, the Opposition Leader announced school-aged children would receive free access to public transport under a future Labor government.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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