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Weigh in on Monorail Fare changes

Seattle Center seeks public comment on proposed Seattle Center Monorail fare changes to go into effect on Oct. 7. The proposed adjustments, necessary as Seattle Center Monorail prepares to accept ORCA as a fare payment option, affect adult and youth fares as well as adult monthly passes, discounted group rates and reduced rate fares. Roundtrip fares remain at twice the price of a one-way fare.

Following are details on the fare increases:

  • Adult, ages 13-64, one-way, currently $2.50, changes to adult, ages 19-64, one-way $3.
  • Youth, ages 5-12, one-way, currently $1.25, changes to youth, ages 6-18, one-way $1.50.
  • Reduced rate one-way, currently $1.25, increases to $1.50.
  • Adult monthly pass, non-ORCA, currently $50, increases to $60.
  • Reduced monthly pass, non-ORCA, currently $25, increases to $30.

Those who qualify for reduced rates include: ORCA LIFT and regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) card holders and non-ORCA seniors (65 years and older), people with disabilities, Medicare Card holders and U.S. military with valid ID. Cash/credit card customers may purchase roundtrip tickets, available at twice the price of a one-way ticket. Credit card surcharge may apply for credit card transactions.

Seattle Center will accept comments at a public meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Seattle Center Armory Loft #4. To request translation services or accommodation for persons with disabilities, call 206-684-7200 before Monday, Sept. 9. The public also may comment on the proposed fare increases via email: denise.wells@seattle.gov or by phone: 206-615-0258 through Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the red and blue Monorail trains depart every 10 minutes from stations at Seattle Center and Westlake Center Mall at 5th and Pine Street. Each trip takes two minutes, and each train can carry up to 200 passengers per trip. The trains have undergone significant renovations over the past 12 years to provide an enjoyable and reliable ride well into the 21st century.

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 www.seattlemonorail.com.

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