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Opal card: How to beat it, and most popular routes

Aug 21, 2015Uncategorized

This week the Sydney Morning Herald took a look at Opal card stats to find out how people are using the card (and beating the system).

We’d already heard about Opal card users running between light rail stations to max out their card on a Monday morning. A much easier way commuters are saving on Opal is by waiting until 9am on the dot before swiping on to train stations to save on off peak discounts.

The Opal card stats are proving that commuters will find ways to save on public transport if they can, and the Opal card’s fare design is encouraging new commuter behaviour patterns – for better or for worse.

The data also shows the most popular commuter bus trips:

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Read the full SMH article here.

What do you think about the data being gathered about commuters when they use the Opal card? Do you think it’s an infringement on privacy, or do you think it has the potential to be used for good – to help design better transport routes and schedules for commuters?

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