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Opal Card users beat system

Opal Card users walk, jog and cycle between two light rail stations in April, taking advantage of a loophole that can save them more than a hundred dollars a month.

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The fare structure of the Opal public transport smartcard should be overhauled to stop commuters taking short, unnecessary trips early in the week to get free travel, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has recommended.

In a draft report proposing sweeping changes to public transport fares, the tribunal has also proposed an integrated fare structure so commuters who switch between trains, buses, ferries or light rail are not charged twice for the same journey.

IPART chairman Dr Peter Boxall said the tribunal's proposed changes would mean more than 60 per cent of passengers would pay less for public transport across Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter.