The Tyne and Wear Metro has the fastest growing passenger numbers in the country outside of London.
There were 38.1 million journeys on the Metro in the twelve months until the end of March 2015 - a 6.7% rise, according to the Department of Transport.
The figures were released in a Government report into the performance of England's light rail and tram systems.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the growth in passenger numbers was down to ticket prices being kept low and because of the improving economic climate.
The Metro's passenger growth was only bettered by the Docklands Light Railway in London.
Monument Metro station is currently been fully evacuated due to a fire alarm being activated just after 12:30pm today, April 17.
Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service have four fire engines dealing with the incident, which Nexus say was caused by 'light fixtures burning out'.
Monument closed due to a fire alarm activation. No bus replacement service running. More information to follow.
The station is currently closed, but trains are still running through Monument.
Service has now resumed between Jarrow - South Shields after the earlier bridge strike. Trains are running but not to timetable in this area
Service is suspended on Tyne and Wear Metro between Jarrow and South Shields due to a vehicle hitting a bridge at Bede.
No trains East Boldon - South Hylton due to a problem with power supply. Bus Replacment901 calling at or close to stations in affected area
The Metro is running again between Chillingham Road and North Shields after it was closed due to a suspected cable theft.
Nexus, which runs the service, advises there may still be delays of up to 25 minutes.
The Tyne and Wear Metro will be closed this weekend on one of the busiest stretches for planned modernisation work.
The service will not run between South Gosforth and Haymarket today and tomorrow as well as next weekend.
A replacement bus service is running but Nexus, who runs the Metro, advise passengers to allow more time for journeys.
Trains are now running between Gateshead Stadium and Heworth but with up to 30 mins delays due to a failed train.
No trains Gateshead Stadium - Heworth due to a failed train. Bus Replacment900 calling at or close to stations in affected area.
The operators of the Tyne and Wear Metro say their customers "should expect more" after a power cut led to major delays during rush hour this morning.
It is the second time in less than a week the metro has been disrupted by bad weather.
Huw Lewis - Nexus, operators of Tyne & Wear Metro