The Seattle Center Monorail was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, which means this year is the big five-five for the one-mile railway.
This Friday from 12 to 2 p.m., the Seattle Center Monorail is having a party to celebrate with free tours of the line, including a “behind-the-scenes look at the Monorail maintenance facility” for people who register.
Although it’s the monorail’s birthday, humans get presents, including vintage t-shirts, World’s Fair memorabilia, and other swag, which will be extra-festive when the World’s Fair anniversary rolls around in April. Also: donuts.
Our little monorail line has seen a lot in more than half a century without leaving the confines of its one-mile route: Attempted (and failed) expansions, fires, Westlake Mall’s construction.
Still, the intrepid little line continues to carry an average of 6,000 tourists, sightseers, Space Needle fireworks-watchers, and hurried commuters every day. Here’s to another 55 years. Maybe at some point in that time it’ll take ORCA cards.
- Seattle Monorail's 55th Birthday Celebration! [Seattle Center Monorail]
- Timeline: Seattle’s monorail history [Seattle Times]
- 2016 combined daily Monorail ridership [Seattle.gov]
- ORCA fare card for the Monorail wins backing [Seattle Times]