I've felt like Sydney has been a bit of a backwater since we seem to be one of the few major cities without a contactless "ticketing" system. Having used the ones in Singapore / HK / Thailand I was getting a bit jealous.
The new Opal card for Sydney is now being rolled out. The Govt is making a bit of fanfare over it, but being quite coy about the rather large downside.
You will no longer be able to buy weekly / monthly / quarterly / annual tickets.
Basically you will get charged for the first 8 trips on the card and then any more in the week will be free.
I'm relatively lucky in that at present I can buy a quaterly ticket for $270 and get unlimited travel into the city for 90 days. I do pay some of the highest per k/m charging though.
Once I'm forced onto Opal my 90 days of travel will jump to $343.20 - a nice 27% increase in the cost of getting to work. Those travelling further will face similar increases of 25-28%.
Will be interesting to see how this goes down with the voters as they will be seeing the massive fare increases just around the next State Election as the Opal card is rolled out over the next 18 months.
Not happy Gladys, not happy at all