by Bob Fleming
Image courtesy of the late Seattle Monorail Project
The purpose of this site is to promote construction of a monorail system in the Seattle area.
A monorail is not just a fun ride at Disneyland. Larger versions are often better than light rail for urban rapid transit. Click here for details.
We are not the Seattle Center Monorail, which has the domain name seattlemonorail.com.
If you were trying to reach the Seattle Center Monorail, click here. The Seattle Center Monorail is the one built during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and still operates for about one mile from Westlake Center to the Seattle Center.
The best source to learn about monorails is The Monorail Society. There are also some DVDs available. Read the book Rise Above it All by Dick Falkenbury. On the Web, visit The Seattle Monorail Swindle.
There is a plan to build a new arena for NBA basketball and NHL hockey in the Sodo district of Seattle, but fears of traffic interfering with port and industrial traffic appear to have defeated this project. But I have a solution:
My name is Bob Fleming and I would like to see monorail utilized in Seattle-area rapid transit. I believe that in many situations monorail has distinct advantages over other means of transportation. My main interest is to build a modified version of the former Green Line project.
O.K., so I am a big fan of monorail, but we already have a light rail system expanding in Seattle, and even though I think monorail would have been better, I still want the light rail system to be as good as possible. One thing I am pushing for is:
About the Seattle Center Monorail
Seattle Center Monorail web site
Proposed Eastside Corridor monorail
Advantages of monorail
My opinions about Seattle area Monorail
Obstacles to monorail promotion
Former Seattle Monorail Project
Arguments against monorail and my responses
My ideas for monorail system design
(PRT) Personal Rapid Transit
Frequently asked questions
Links to other monorail sites
Other Sites of MineA Greater Seattle My mobility web site My transportation web site My mass transit web site The Fleming Family home page Bob Fleming’s home page
Seattle has one of the World’s first modern monorails. It was built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, and still operates today as the The Seattle Center Monorail. It runs only a little over a mile from downtown Seattle to the Seattle Center, on the site of the former World’s Fair, but it is a very popular attraction and is a working example of a modern monorail. It demonstrates how monorail can be an alternative to subways or commuter railways for urban rapid transit.
In a city-wide election on 6 November 2002 the citizens of Seattle approved a new 14-mile long monorail to be built in Seattle. This line was named the Green Line, and would have been the first of several lines in a city-wide system of monorails. However, in the Summer of 2005 there were financing problems coupled with politics, and in an election on 8 November 2005, the majority of Seattle voters voted to cancel the monorail project.
The Current Situation
The Seattle Center Monorail is still operating and will probably continue to operate far into the future.
There was proposal in the November general election to build a monorail from Ballard to West Seattle via the Seattle Waterfront, however this measure was soundly defeated. This ballot issue is the result of an initative campaign by Century Transportation Authority (CTA or CenTran). For more information, click here.
Local Monorail News
MONORAIL BALLOT MEASURE FAILS (November 4, 2014) — The monorail initiative put forth by the Century Transportation Authority (CTA) failed badly in today’s election in Seattle. The initiative got less that 20% yes votes.
In my opinion the cancelled monorail Green Line was an excellent project from the standpoint of design and importance as a key transportation system, but was shot down due to insufficient funding, some management errors, and politics. I believe it to still be the best solution for rapid mass transit in the western parts of Seattle. I believe there should be a new effort to build the Green Line .
For my ideas about possible new monorail projects in the Seattle area, please click here.
For my opinions about replacing the existing Seattle Center Monorail with a new, modern, and extended line, and for improvements to Key Arena, keeping the Sonics, and a new Monorail Museum, click here.
For my opinions regarding the recent Seattle Monorail Project demise and future possibilities, please click here.
Sound Transit proposes ST3, a major expansion of light rail in the region. Sound Transit is promoting a ballot measure for Sound Transit 3 (ST3), a major project to extend light rail in the region. Part of the expansion could be light rail between Downtown Seattle and Ballard and also to West Seattle. I believe that monorail would be cheaper and better for these two routes, in fact the proposal roughly duplicates the Green Line monorail project that never quite got under way For details. click here.
Expedia Plans to Move from Bellevue to a Seattle Site Near the Green Line The compamy plans to move its headquarters from Bellevue to a new location near Elliott Ave. W. and W. Galer St., at the south end of the Interbay district. One of the concerns is increased traffic in the area. The proposed Green Line monorail goes right past this location. So if the Green Line can be built it will provide rapid transit service to Expedia and expected development around the site. For details. click here.
The Seattle City Council is considering a “Ballard to Downtown High Capacity Transit and Ship Canal Project.” The proposals are for light rail, but I think monorail would be much better. For details. click here.
Remote Parking Plus Monorail Can Avoid Conflict Between New Arena and Port. There is fear that traffic congestion from a new basketball arena could seriously impact nearby port operations. A monorail linking remote parking lots with the new arena, CenturyLink Field, and Safeco Field could actually reduce congestion! For details. click here.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn proposes a light rail line connecting West Seattle and Ballard to Downtown. Wouldn’t monorail be better? Click here for more!
Why not a a monorail linking Downtown, Seattle Center, and the Cruise Terminal? Click here for more!
Link light rail trains are now running—what if there were a monorail instead? Click here for ongoing news!
We still need the Green Line, more than ever! Click here for more!
How can we get a new monorail built? Click here for more!
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©2007 Robert M. Fleming Jr.
This page was last updated on 9 May 2016