Public transport users to pay an extra 2.2 per cent from July 2

Opal card users at Hurstville station.
Opal card users at Hurstville station.

Opal fares will rise by 2.2 per cent from July 2, the state government has announced.

The increase, which is in line with inflation, is nearly half the 4.2 per cent increase recommended by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

Examples include a single train trip in the peak that costs $6.61 at present will increase to $6.76.

A bus journey that costs $4.61 will increase to $4.71

Gold Opal for seniors will remain at $2.50 for all day travel any day of the week.

The Transfer Discount remains for both adult Opal and concession Opal card customers.

The new fares mean changes to daily and weekly caps:

The daily cap for an adult travelling on weekdays or Saturday will rise from $15.40 to $15.80, while the weekly cap will rise from $61.60 to $63.20.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the average impact on travellers across all public transport modes was about 39 cents a week.

“Catching public transport is still a much cheaper option than driving,” he said.

Mr Constance said the government was “focussed on keeping downward pressure on the cost of living”.

“Since the introduction of OPAL in 2012, this government has kept the fares low with a five year fare freeze and then induction of an adjustment to fares by CPI only last year, and again this coming financial year,” he said.

“While we’ve made plenty of improvements to public transport and we’re investing record amounts in transport infrastructure, including building the brand new Sydney Metro system, we are also focused on keeping fares affordable.”