Local bus services go cashless from Monday

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Gone are the days of scrambling for change at the bottom of your purse for your bus fare.

From Monday, October 28 all Busways buses across Penrith and western Sydney will officially be Opal-only, with cash payments officially a thing of the past.

Tickets purchased from drivers will no longer be a payment option, with customers needing to purchase an Opal card or start using their credit or debit card to tap on and off their journey.

Customers can also use a device linked to one of these cards to tap on and off all services.

“The way people use money is changing and developing,” Busways Managing Director, Byron Rowe said.

“With more non-cash fare payment options now available, we encourage customers to plan ahead for this change.”

Mr Rowe said drivers will no longer carry a cash float and will have more time to interact with their customers as they embark on their Busways journey.

Busways suggest customers separate their cards when tapping on and off to ensure their preferred card is charged.

Opal cards are available for purchase over the counter from retailers including newsagents, post offices, convenience stores and supermarkets.

Seniors and concession cards must be ordered online and require proof of entitlement.

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