Seattle Center Monorail - Operations

Operations

The Seattle Center Monorail is operated by a private contractor, Seattle Monorail Services (SMS), which took over operation from the City in June 1994. Operating profits, which can be as much as $750,000 per year, are split between the City and SMS.

Service operates daily. Trains depart every 10 minutes from the station at Seattle Center en route to Westlake Center Mall, at Fifth and Pine Street. Each trip takes two minutes to cover the approximately one-mile route. Each train can carry up to 450 passengers per trip. The monorail provides two-train service during special events and activities, with departures every five minutes or less.

One-way fares are $2.25 for adults, $1.00 for youth ages 5-12, $1.00 for reduced rate (seniors 65+, disabled, persons with Medicare cards, and active duty U.S. military with identification. Roundtrip fares are twice the price of a one-way. Children four and under ride free.

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