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Anonymous Opal cards now available from pop-up kiosks

Commuters who were concerned about the traceability of the Opal card can now purchase and use one anonymously.

Transport NSW

Transport NSW has today opened 28 pop-up kiosks at major train stations around the state where commuters may purchase unregistered Opal cards.

The move follows controversy after it was revealed that Transport NSW was collecting data from Opal card users, which could be accessed by the police without the need for a warrant.

"After a customer has their unregistered Opal card from a kiosk they can load the card with credit and travel anonymously, which is what some customers want," said Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian.

"Other customers may also prefer to go online or call 13OPAL and register their Opal card. A registered card has many convenient benefits, such as being able to set an auto top-up so you never have to queue or visit a retailer again, and transferring value to another card if your Opal is lost or stolen."

The cards come pre-loaded with $20 worth of credit, and customers will also be provided with a list of retailers where they can manually top up their unregistered card.

And, while the kiosks will run only until the end of September, unregistered Opal cards will be rolled out in over 1000 retailers in the coming weeks -- which may be preferable to some users, since the kiosks will not be accepting cash.

From 1 September, Transport NSW will be retiring 14 types of paper tickets, meaning that, for the majority of commuters, the Opal card will be the only option available.

See a full list of the stations where you can purchase an unregistered Opal card below.

Transport NSW