A third government bailout has been granted to help the Tyne and Wear Metro keep running while passenger numbers remain low during the pandemic.
The rail service was given £16.2m in May to help with the impact of the crisis, following warnings it was facing financial ruin.
It has now secured £8.5m of further funding, bringing the total to £24.7m.
Operator Nexus said the "vital" money would help to sustain its services until the end of October.
Its chief operating officer, Martin Kearney, said: "The Covid-19 crisis has had a major impact on Metro journeys and they remain about 40% of what we would normally expect.