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No: 13137   Contributor: Steve Lee   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Other   Country: United States of America
Seattle Monorail

The Seattle Monorail is a mile long system which links the Space Needle and downtown Seattle. It was opened in 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair. There are two trains,the red train and the blue train. No numbers are carried. Here one or the trains (I'm not sure which one) arrives at the Space needle station. in September 2009.
Picture added on 18 January 2012 at 10:03
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The Seattle Center Monorail was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair to provide a crucial link between the fairgrounds and the amenities downtown.
Construction began in April of 1961 by Alweg Rapid Transit Systems, who received the bid when it offered to underwrite the entire cost of construction.
The monorail opened to the public on March 24, 1962 nearly one month before the start of the World's Fair. At a cost of $3.5 million, the trains carried more than eight million guests during the six months of the fair, easily paying for themselves. That is, the full initial capitol cost of the system was recovered and a profit was realized by ALWEG before the end of the fair.
Following the Fair, the monorail system was turned over to Century 21 Corporation at no cost. Century 21 sold the system to the City of Seattle in 1965 for $600, 000.
Today, the trains carry approximately 1.5 million riders every year. The monorail has become an important fixture in Seattle for locals, who use the trains during major festivals and sporting events. Seattle Center Monorail is the nation's only fully self-sufficient public transit system.
From the Monorail's own website.

Added by John Southall on 18 January 2012.
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