Seattle Monorail Station Reconfiguration Feasibility Study

Seattle Monorail Station Reconfiguration Feasibility Study

Seattle Monorail Station Reconfiguration Feasibility Study

The Seattle Monorail was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. It is one mile of double track connecting the major business and civic campuses of Westlake and Seattle Center at two terminal stations. As of today the Monorail has achieved its 55th year of operation and the trains have logged over two million miles, acting as a tourist destination, ferrying event attendees and supporting daily commutes.

 

In late 2017, VIA Architecture was selected by Seattle Monorail Services and Seattle Center to develop and evaluate potential improvements to the Monorail that would increase capacity, improve accessibility, and better connect it with the regional transit network, downtown transportation infrastructure, and other downtown resources. The results and recommendations of this study identify ridership goals for different levels of investment in the existing system and demonstrate that, at a relatively low investment, the Monorail can provide an effective connection from Seattle Center to high capacity regional transit services more than 12 years before the proposed Sound Transit 3 line will connect there.