The Seattle Center Monorail opened on time this morning at 9am and is transporting passengers between the Westlake Center and Seattle Center platforms. Despite the winter weather advisory that is in effect, the monorail has maintained normal operating hours throughout the storm.
During the severe winter storm last night, the monorail continued to operate and provide riders with transportation between lower Queen Anne and downtown Seattle until closing time at 11pm. The maintenance crew is working tirelessly to ensure that the monorail continues to operate during normally scheduled hours from 9am to 11pm.
The monorail runs between downtown Seattle (5th Avenue and Pine Street, Westlake Center, 3rd floor) and Seattle Center (adjacent to the Space Needle). Trains depart every ten minutes; it’s the fastest way to travel between downtown and Seattle Center.
Roundtrip fares are $4 for adults, $2 for seniors (65+) and people with disabilities, $1.50 for youths (ages 5-12), and free for children 4 and under. One-way fares are half of what a roundtrip fare costs.
The Seattle Center Monorail is the nation’s first full-scale, commercial monorail system. The monorail was built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair to provide a crucial link between the fairgrounds and the amenities downtown.
Today, the monorail carries approximately 1.8 million riders each year. The monorail has become an important fixture in Seattle for locals and visitors who use the trains to travel to Seattle Center, a 74-acre campus that is home to more than 30 cultural, educational, sports, and entertainment organizations.
In celebration of Harry Potter™: the Exhibition at Pacific Science Center, red train has taken on a new look inspired by The Hogwarts™ Express, the train which transports young wizards to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry™. Red train will be wrapped as The Hogwarts™ Express through January 2011.