Seattle Snapshot: The Monorail

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Kid Friendly, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Tara Flores on September 22, 2011 at 6:14 am

This historic Seattle feature is a unique way to see the city and take the kids on a ride the whole family can enjoy. I thought this picture provided an interesting point of view for those curious about transit and the monorail.

The caption for this photo gives the following description: “The Seattle Center Monorail is an elevated monorail line in Seattle, Washington, that runs a little over one mile along Fifth Avenue from Westlake Center in Downtown to Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne. It claims to be the “only fully self-sufficient public transit system” in the United States, and with a top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h), to also be the fastest full-sized monorail in the country. Owned by the City of Seattle, the line has been operated by a private contractor, Seattle Monorail Services, since 1994. The monorail trains and their tracks were given historical landmark status by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board April 16, 2003.”

For more information about transit in Seattle, visit this guide to Seattle public transportation.

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