Seattle Monorail
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Seattle Monorail The Seattle Center Alweg Monorail was built to be the train of the future for the Century 21 Exposition also called the 1962 World's Fair. Its website claims to be the nation's only fully self-sufficient public transit system, since it is owned by the City of Seattle but operated by a for-profit concessionaire without subsidies(Link) (an interesting claim but it the train is along the questionable line of tourist attraction or actual public transit) and has a narrow guideway that runs a mile above the streets of Seattle from the fairgrounds to the Westlake Center, a shopping mall north of the station. The trip takes less then five minutes running upwards of 50mph and monorails run every ten using one of two vintage 50 year old cars, one is red the other blue, and their both in excellent condition. The system is not driverless and there is an operator who sits in an open cab. Today's trains have there own separate fares (adult's are $2.25 for a ride, $45 for a monthly pass) and it is the only train line in the Puget Sound area that doesn't accept ORCA (altough there are signs for it inside the Westlake Transit Tunnel Station). About 1.5 million people ride the monorail every year.
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Last Updated: 12 January, 2011
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