This report, which describes a program for rehabilitation and improvement of the Seattle Monorail, can be summarized as follows: The monorail is now 17 years old and is in need of renovation. The areas served by the monorail - Downtown, the Regrade, Seattle Center and Lower Queen Anne - are experiencing significant increases in employment, residential development and other activities which will increase traffic and transit usage. Extension of the Monorail, addition of stations, and expansion of service hours to cover the morning commuter period will enable the monorail system to serve not only Seattle Center visitors, but all residents and employees in the corridor, as well as downtown shoppers. Extension of the monorail would releive the mounting burden on parking facilities and the local street system, and would reduce the need for added capacity on the bus system. The monorail would be a cost-effective investment in the future of the community. Evaluation of alternative vehicle technologies clearly indicates that continuing with the Alweg monorail technology will result in lowest costs, since the guideway and the existing trains are in reasonably good condition and would not have to be replaced. Also, the present monorail system offers fewer problems in implementation compared to other guideway systems, owing to the compact size of the guideway structure. Two alternatives, Plans C and G were selected as the best options for extension of the monorail. Plan C would extend the line to serve the proposed Convention Center site, the Seattle Center garage, and the Opera House/Arena/Exhibition Hall/Playhouse entertainment complex, for a moderate capital investment. Plan G, while more costly, was selected for further consideration because it would extend the area of service coverage by completion of a loop around Seattle Center, adding a station in the vicinity of the Coliseum which would also serve the Lower Queen Anne commercial district. The next step in the implementation process would be for the City to apply for an UMTA grant to perform an environmental assessment and preliminary engineering analysis of these two alternatives. This would then permit the City to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the project and, if so, to select the plan which would be implemented. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    De Leuw, Cather and Company

    720 Third Avenue
    Settle, WA  United States  98104
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 131 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM