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Seattle Center Monorail

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The Seattle Center Monorail

 

OVERVIEW AND HISTORY

One really fun and practical attraction in Seattle is the Seattle Center Monorail. The Monorail celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012 and it has served the city well over its long life.  Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the ride provided transportation from Seattle Center to downtown Seattle for 8,000,000 patrons during the eight months that the World’s Fair was open.  After the World’s Fair concluded, the Monorail continued in operation.

Today, the Monorail provides transportation to 2,000,000 riders annually.  It is one of the best ways to go from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center. 

The Monorail’s futuristic look from 1962 has aged well and it remains an attractive train.  The train, its stations, and its tracks and support columns make excellent photography targets.

Seattle Center Monorail

The train operator at his station

 

ROUTE

The tracks run one mile from the North terminal at Seattle Center to the South terminal at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle.  The South terminal initially was built in what is now  Westlake Park.  In 1988, the South terminal was moved to its present location on the top floor of Westlake Center.

MONORAIL FACTS

TRAIN OPERATIONS

Trains depart from each station every ten minutes during regular operating hours.

Weekdays:  trains operate from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Weekends :  trains operate from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

FARES

Please click here to go to the official web site for the Seattle Monorail to read about fares and the current operations schedule.

 

The Seattle Monorail

The train's operating console.  Note the 1,083,556 miles.

 

Seattle Monorail

Parked at the Seattle Center station

 

The Seattle Monorail

A 50th anniversary poster at Seattle Center

 

The Seattle Monorail

 

The Seattle Monorail

Entering the Experience Music Project building tunnel

 

The Seattle Monorail

The tracks going through the Experience Music Project Museum

 

The Seattle Monorail

The tracks approaching the Experience Music Project Museum

 

The Seattle Monorail

The tracks leaving Fisher Plaza

 

The Seattle Monorail

The tracks along Westlake Avenue

 

The Seattle Monorail

Looking north from the Westlake Station

 

The Seattle Monorail

Approaching the Westlake Station

 

The Seattle Monorail

The Westlake Station

 

The Seattle Monorail

A train car's interior

 

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