GOLD Coast Light Rail passenger numbers for the first month of operation have been released.
GoldLinQ confirmed more than 557-thousand trips were taken on the G:Link during July and August.
Communications Director Jason Ward said the result had exceeded their expectations.
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“We’re averaging around 18,500 people per day and we’ve now gone over half a million trips in the first month,” he said.
“From an operational perspective we’re more than happy with the figures and the people that are using the trams”, Mr Ward said.
The news has sparked fresh hope of an expansion of the network which does not currently connect to hard rail or the Gold Coast Airport.
Mr Ward said although the decision is firmly in the hands of the Government he would be supportive of any expansion.
“I think the Stage One has proven that trams are popular as a mode of travel and any extension would add to public transport on the Gold Coast.”