Seattle Monorail Project
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About the Project

In November 2002, Seattle voters approved Petition #1 to fund the building of the 14-mile Monorail Green Line, "Phase 1" of a proposed 5-line city wide monorail system. The Green Line will connect Ballard, Key Arena, Seattle Center, Belltown, Downtown, Pike Place Market, Benaroya Hall, the ferry terminal, Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District, King Street Station, SODO, Safeco Field, the Seahawks Stadium and West Seattle. The Green Line will carry millions of people each year, above traffic with easy connections to buses, ferries, light rail and trains.

The Seattle Popular Monorail Authority (Seattle Monorail Project) is an independent city transportation authority established under state law (RCW Ch. 35.95A), charged with building, owning, operating and maintaining the monorail system.

The Project is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 9 appointed or elected members plus one ex officio member.

The project is on track to break ground in the Fall of 2004, with the first segment opening in 2007. The entire Green Line is scheduled to be in operation in 2009.

Click here to view the Seattle Monorail Plan.

Click here to view Petition #1.

Project Benefits

  • Provides 69,000 daily trips
  • Elevated, does not get stuck in traffic
  • Runs on electricity, does not pollute
  • Trains every 4 minutes - even in rush hour
  • Travel is fast and efficient
    • 4 1/2 minutes from Queen Anne to Pike Place Market
    • 5 minutes from the downtown retail core to Safeco Field
  • 15 minutes from West Seattle to Key Arena
  • Easy connections with buses, ferries, light rail and trains
  • Uses state-of-the-art transportation technology