Free loophole closed
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.