Transport for New South Wales takes tougher measures to reduce fare evasion
Since the implementation of the Opal Card in 2012 fare evasion has been in decline but it still cost taxpayers $83M in 2018

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The Australian operator Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) reported the highest fare evasion rate is on its Hunter line – at 13.6% in one year. This equals revenue losses of about $351.000. To tackle this problem TfNSW issued $1.4M in fines on this line from June 2018 to May 2018. In total, 1803...

Technology upgrade to solve Opal card loophole at Sydney Airport
As of January 7th, 2019 passengers traveling to the airport station must top up their cards to a minimum $35 before boarding the trains

New technology to erase Opal loophole at Sydney Airport

Australia’s Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) has announced that all passengers travelling to and from Sydney’s Airport station are required to top up their Opal cards to a minimum $35 as of January 7, 2019. This solution is to prevent revenue losses caused by a loophole which allowed passengers to travel with negative...

Negative balances on Opal cards amount to $2.9 million loss
Tech upgrades on the card system and a crackdown on fare dodgers have provided a partial solution for the issue

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The Opal card loophole at Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), Australia allowed travellers to obtain new cards at no cost whilst ditching used unregistered cards that had outstanding negative balances. In the financial year of 2018-2019, this amounted to about $2.9 million in losses, $0,9 million less than in the previous financial year....