Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Opal Card

I was given a temporary Senior Citizen card the last time we visited Sydney. I did use up the balance by using public transport, I think, and it has now expired. Lookee see. I have a proper Senior Citizen Opal card now. But it too expires within two months. Pensioner Opal cards do not. R's card lives on and on.

Comparing public transport fare systems in our different states is quite futile. Sometimes what may seem cheaper isn't and vice versa. However, I cannot possibly imagine why my card is only valid for two months. It is not like my situation will change and I will get younger, which might be rather a shame.

I still have $1.50 on my Adult Opal card, and you can be sure by hook or by crook, I will use that up, if not this visit then the next. Actually, perhaps I can transfer the balance. If I can't use up the amount at all, I will ask for a cheque refund. That will really cost them. I am ever so keen on looking after the cents. Perhaps I am not so good at looking after the dollars.



I think we still have positive balances on our London Oyster cards. Next year perhaps. A plan is formulating.

Later: I believe I can transfer the balance from my old card to my new one.

I came across these during my recent clean up. When we travel to Sydney we won't be flying Ansett as it has gone, as has the much hated monorail.



31 comments:

  1. Comparing almost anything from state to state is an exercise in futility.
    Sadly I believe you can't get one of our transport cards unless you can prove an address in the city. Silliness.

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    1. PS: I mean a Senior's transport card.

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    2. Well EC, I simply won't come then.

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  2. Good luck transferring your balance Andrew ... I had a shocking time trying to transfer my old Myki card balance to the new one ! It was Rrrrrrrr

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    1. Lady J, R had a big problem renewing his Myki. While you don't have to tap off on trams, you do if you are about to renew your Myki.

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    2. I wish they find another card for us.... Myki has lots of problems. Here is an idea - bring back the conductors who sell you the ticket onboard ! LOL

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    3. Lady J, I think in some places they have. Perhaps Sydney's existing light rail.

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  3. You are joking, of course, re retrieving the balance on the card!

    No public transport here where I live. And as I very rarely leave my neck of the woods, I drive my little Toyoto Echo to wherever I need to go...which is never very far.

    The last time I caught a train was back in 2008...from Helensvale on the Gold Coast to Cooroy, a little country town just outside of Noosa/Tewantin. I had to attend a funeral at the latter. At the time I was concerned my Ford Festiva was a bit long in the tooth, like me, and might have problems on the drive...and I didn't want to get stuck on the highway anywhere along the way. So rather than take the risk...I took the train.

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    1. Lee, no, I am not joking. Subsequently after I read my old post, I realised my temporary Senior card had a positive balance of a dollar or two. I am out for that too, although I have shredded the card. As I said, the small amounts are important to me. I don't want to feel cheated by a poor system.

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  4. Ahhhh even the state-run trains used to stop at the border. Victorians had to get out of our wide gauge railway system and climb aboard a NSW train on a narrow gauge system.

    Stupidity still reigns!

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    1. Hels, we have national road toll cards that work interstate, but not public transport cards. Trains are my thing. We have Irish Broad Gauge. NSW has Standard Gauge. Victoria still has lots of broad gauge, such as our suburban and country trains, but we have added a lot of standard gauge tracks to our system now.

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  5. You should be able to transfer the balance, I know we do it here in Adelaide, when I lost my card a few years ago, I was able to transfer the balance on it to the new card. And if old paper tickets are still in anyone's wallet, but not too old, the balance from them can be transferred to a metrocard. I don't see why Sydney or Melbourne should be different.
    I also don't see why your Seniors card should expire in two months, like you said, you won't be getting any younger. Our Adelaide Senior cards don't expire, we just keep topping up the balance if we use them before 9am and after 3pm. There's talk of making the Seniors cards free 24/7 and if that happens, anyone who has a balance on their cards can get that refunded.
    I'm planning on asking someone (who?) why the Seniors cards can't be used Nationwide, including country towns, instead of just in the city they were issued in. I don't mind paying a small fee via the card if I use it in a different city, but at least I wouldn't have to go to the trouble of getting new card for that city, that I may never need again.

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    1. River, our Myki cards expire after three years. I don't know what the point of the that is, but it is how it works. The NSW Opal ticket website specifically said my new Seniors Card will expire in 60? days.

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  6. Same if you switch cards from a regular or concession card to a Seniors card, the balance on the old card can be transferred to the new one.

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    1. River, I now know I can transfer the balance with a phone call.

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  7. We are lucky down here, well I believe we are as far as transport goes, just hop in the car drive to a place to park and go shopping...love it.

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    1. Margaret, at times we wonder about the benefits of living on the edge of a very big city.

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  8. If one day I return to over-winter in England again, I shall look forward to getting a bus-pass. The idea of free bus travel really appeals.

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    1. Cro, I a remembering a line from a tv comedy show with one of those old late English actresses who banged on about her bus pass.

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  9. We had senior cards and could take the bus and tram for free after 60 now it has been cancelled you have to pay 30 € for such a card to travel "free". The train is cheap for seniors, and you don't need a card only a proof that you are over 60.

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    1. Interesting Gattina. It is like I said, it is hard to compare one system to another.

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  10. This is pretty interesting. I don't have cards like these, but I use my military ID for discounts, and wherever I go to shop, fast food, clothing, groceries, travel, I ask for the senior discount or the military discount. Like you, I'm always looking to save my pennies. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, that is interesting about the military discount. I don't believe that happens here, although I think retired veterans and war widows get considerable benefits.

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  11. I don't know how our local bus system (two routes) takes pay but it is quite expensive to go just a few miles, then because it is so limited, there are long waits for a return. That's why I don't use it. I'd be all day to get groceries. I think you can buy monthly passes however, which would be prudent if I were using it often. But I can't think of a reason anyone would use it routinely with so few routes and such a lengthy time to get anywhere in a still small town. You can walk it faster in many cases. I hate too leaving even small amounts of money on gift cards or any card, seems like thievery if I do, on the part of the card dispenser.

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    1. Strayer, that is as good as useless, only for the poorest of poor and not at all as public transport should be. I think it is like this in much of rural North America

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  12. I'm not familiar with Opal Cards, though I was surprised that you were old enough (Like the rest of us. Ha) for a senior citizen card.

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    1. Sandra, I only seem immature!

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  13. Like you I wonder why the Senior card would expire, as when you achieve senior status you certainly won't be getting any younger.

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    1. Sami, it is curious thing. The authority must make a killing out of remaining small balances that never get used.

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  14. The Opal card works well, we use them in Sydney also.
    P.s. I think Yagan Square on my blog today was designed by the same group that did your Federation Square.

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    1. Grace, ah, intresting. The late media person and writer Jill Singer's husband was one of the principal architects for the firm.

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