Free loop­hole closed

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A loop­hole en­abling New South Wales ( NSW) pub­lic trans­port users to quickly ac­cu­mu­late free rides was closed with an up­grade to the Opal Card sys­tem this week.

The Opal Card sys­tem re­wards pub­lic trans­port users with free rides for the rest of the week once they have paid for eight trips.

The loop­hole in­volved peo­ple walk­ing, cycling or driving be­tween sta­tions to tap on and off, thereby earn­ing free travel for rest of the week af­ter only pay­ing about $18.

A spike in the num­ber of short trips taken be­tween neigh­bour­ing sta­tions showed most peo­ple were pulling the stunt on Mon­days and Tues­days, Trans­port for New South Wales ( TfNSW) re­vealed.

The loop­hole also en­ti­tled those who had sneak­ily ac­cu­mu­lated free travel to travel on the NSW bus and ferry net­work.

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