Connecting downtown Seattle to Seattle Center
The Seattle Center Monorail is an elevated, 2-track monorail that covers the mile between its northern terminus at Seattle Center and its southern terminus at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle. It was originally built as a demonstration line for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.
There were proposals to extend monorail service to other parts of Seattle, but those never fully got off the ground. Today, the Seattle Monorail not only moves tourists between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center, it is a tourist destination in its own right.
Seattle Monorail Terminus at Seattle Center (Z13A0003)
Seattle Monorail En Route (Z13A0004)
The Monorail is passing through downtown Seattle.
Seattle Monorail at Westlake Center Terminus (Z04A0025)
Seattle Monorail Collision (2005) (Z05A0018)
So how do two Monorail trains traveling on parallel tracks collide? In 1988, the space between the two tracks was reduced a bit at its downtown terminus due to the construction of Westlake Center. As a result, two trains aren't supposed to be at the Westlake Center station at the same time. When two trains attempted to pass each other a bit too close to the station, well, Oops!
More About The Seattle Monorail
The building at Seattle Center that houses the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum was designed to wrap around the Seattle Monorail tracks near the monorail's Seattle Center terminus.
The northern terminus of the Seattle Monorail is at Seattle Center:
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum, Seattle, Washington
- Space Needle, Seattle, Washington
- Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington