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NEWCASTLE light rail has proven more than just a hit on its opening day with an average of 4259 trips taken on each day of operation in February, according to Transport for NSW data.
Opal card data released by Transport for NSW on Monday shows 46,849 trips were taken on the line in 11 days during February, after passenger journeys started on Monday, February 18.
The numbers more than double estimates in state cabinet documents in 2013, which forecast patronage of 1800 passengers a day, or 657,000 a year.
While the data may be inflated by those who took joy rides to inspect the city's new mode of transport, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance told the Newcastle Herald on Monday the government had always believed the service would be popular in the city.
“I am so pleased Novocastrians have embraced the Newcastle light rail," he said.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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