Passenger data has revealed the influence of transfer discounts between Newcastle light rail and other modes of public transport.
Opal data released earlier this week showed 46,849 trips were taken on the city's light rail line in the 11 days it operated during February.
But a breakdown of the data shows how many people took advantage of the Opal transfer discount, which reduces the adult cost of a tram trip from $2.20 to 20 cents if a passenger boards a tram within an hour of catching a train, bus or ferry.
More than 25 per cent (12,436) of all trips taken on Newcastle light rail were with a transfer discount.
Of the 46,849 trips, there 9503 taken after a customer transferred off a train, 1494 taken after a customer transferred off a bus and 1439 taken after a customer transferred off the ferry.
For passengers who commenced their journey on light rail and then transferred onto a train, bus or ferry, their transfer discount was applied to the second mode of transport, reducing the cost by $2.
The data shows there were 7240 light rail trips where a customer transferred onto a train, 1018 onto a bus and 1204 onto the ferry.
"It is encouraging to see Novocastrians embracing light rail both as an independent mode of travel around the city centre, and to connect with other modes of transport to complete their journey," a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.
"Light rail is already showing its worth as a valuable part of Newcastle’s integrated transport network with almost half of all Newcastle light rail journeys involving a transfer to or from another mode of transport.
"Locals are taking advantage of the Opal transfer discount to make their public transport journey more affordable, with over 21,000 Newcastle light rail journeys attracting the discount in February."
Keolis Downer's director corporate affairs Andrew Fletcher told the Herald earlier this week he believed light rail had helped bring new users to the city's public transport network at-large.
"We're very pleased with the numbers," he said. "And very pleased it's been pretty consistent from day one.
"That integrated multi-modal network is coming to life. We are now joining the dots around the transport network and giving people a choice with the modes."
The sixth and final tram of the light rail fleet arrived on Thursday night.
The vehicle will undergo a series of check before being put onto the line for testing, likely to be initially conducted between 1am and 5am outside of Newcastle light rail's operating hours.
Mr Flecther said once the tram was operational, and light rail's planned peak intervals of a tram service every 7.5 minutes were achieved, the system would offer an even more "reliable, consistent service".