Commuters can now use their Opal card to pay for travel on the Lake Macquarie on-demand bus service after the introduction of OpalPay.
OpalPay makes it easier to pay the flat $3 fare for the service by using the Opal card to tap on when boarding. Customers do not need to tap off when disembarking.
The Newcastle Transport on-demand app has also been updated to accept all forms of payment including Opal, credit card and cash.
“We encourage everyone to download the app as it is more efficient, and you can track the bus to your designated pick up point,” Keolis Downer’s Andrew Fletcher said. “If you need help downloading and using the app, our friendly customer service team are there to help you and can be contacted on 1300 590 506.”
The on-demand service operates in Dudley, Whitebridge, Mount Hutton, Windale, Tingira Heights, Eleebana, Warners Bay, Gateshead, and Charlestown.
Passengers are picked up from a point close to their home and taken to a destination within the area.
Concession holder fares of 50 per cent are available.
The service is available from 9am to 4pm on weekdays, 7am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sunday.
OpalPay does not include Opal benefits, such as the transfer discount.