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Seattle Center Monorail Fare Increases Proposed

Seattle Center invites public comment on new Seattle Center Monorail proposed fare rates to go into effect on May 1, 2017. The proposed increases affect adult and youth fares as well as adult monthly passes and reduced rate fares. Roundtrip fares remain at twice the price of a one-way fare. Group rate discounts reflect the proposed fare increase. Youth group rates will remain unchanged.

Following are details on the fare increases:

  • Adult one-way, currently $2.25, increases to $2.50.
  • Youth one-way, currently $1, increases to $1.25.
  • Reduced rate one-way, currently $1, increases to $1.25.
  • Adult monthly pass, currently $45, increases to $50.
  • Reduced monthly pass, currently $20, increases to $25.

Adult one-way fares increased by $.25 in 2011. Youth and reduced fares have remained unchanged since 2006. Seniors (65 years of age and older), people with disabilities, Medicare Card holders and U.S. military with valid ID qualify for reduced rates.

Seattle Center will accept comments at a public meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, in Seattle Center Armory Loft #3. The public also may comment on the proposed fare increases via email: or by phone: 206-615-0258 through Friday, April 14.

Built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the red and blue Monorail trains depart every 10 minutes from the station at Seattle Center and from Westlake Center Mall at 5th and Pine Street. Each trip takes two minutes, and each train can carry up to 250 passengers per trip. The trains have undergone significant renovations over the past 10 years to provide an enjoyable and reliable ride well into the 21st century.

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Seattle Center Monorail is operated by a private concessionaire, Seattle Monorail Services, for the City of Seattle. For more information on the Monorail, click on

About Seattle Center Monorail

Seattle Center Monorail is the nation’s first full-scale commercial monorail system providing a fun, quick and convenient link between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center. The current hours of operation are: Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About Seattle Center 

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.