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Tour of the Seattle Green Line Monorail Route

On Sunday, October 27, 2002, five members of SPAB were accompanied on a tour of the Seattle Monorail’s Green Line Route. Our guide was Ed Stone, the Outreach Coordinator of the Seattle Popular Monorail Plan. The tour took approximately 3 hours and was well worth the time.

Ed familiarized us with the various stations along the planned 14-mile, which will start in Ballard and West Seattle and have connections with Key Arena, Seattle Center, Belltown, Downtown, Pike Place Market, King Street Station, Safeco Field, and the Seahawks Stadium. None of the stations have been finalized, but the tour gave one a good idea of what they would consist of and the purpose each route would serve.

ID, SODO, Duwamish

We started in the International District where Ed pointed out that the Monorail would run on the west side of 2nd, adjacent to the King St. Station. The two level Monorail Station, being next to the Metro tunnel, makes it possible to connect with all other transits at this point. It also serves the Seahawks well. The Safeco Mariners will be by the second level of the stadium. This may serve as an event driven station, perhaps not functional on a daily basis.

Continuing south on Third Ave., we came to an alley structure that would work well for the monorail since there is little if any traffic here. This may become the location for the monorail’s maintenance facility.

Turning on Lander we were shown a station location between 1st and 3rd. This could be built in conjunction with Lander’s overpass over the BNSF mainline. Nearby this station there are a variety of businesses, i.e., Starbucks main office, Home Depot, Post Office and SODO. 5000 people work in this area.

The monorail would turn on to 1st Ave. S. and go over Highway 99 at Horton or Hanford Ave. to steer clear of Spokane St.

West Seattle

On the West Seattle Bridge the monorail would go down the center of the bridge, 18 to 22 feet high with barriers on either side so there would be no lost lanes of traffic. It swings off the bridge at Delridge where it runs along the south side of the bridge along side the Burlington Steel plant. It will continue up Avalon, most likely in the center, to the station located at Avalon and 35th.

On Alaska Way, it will make a turn by Jefferson Square. The station could be on 42nd over the Petco parking lot, across from Safeway. This would connect people with the W. Seattle Junction, located in the heart of the central business district of W. Seattle. It may then continue on Alaska, crossing Alaska at the California intersection where it would come in contact with the Metro bus station. From here it turns on to 44th, turns on Edmonds and heads south to Morgan Junction. It would run down California St. only after it passes the main business district. One of the goals of the route is to stay away from single home streets. The exact location of the next station has not been determined in the California/Fauntleroy intersection area. The train will not be going to the Fauntleroy Ferry because of strong opposition in that neighborhood. There may be a shuttle bus for the continuing mile.

Crown Hill Area

Our next stop was the 85th and 15th NW station. This is the one of the diciest locations on the route. Much thought must be given to the designing of this station in order to protect pedestrians. The station will most likely be located on the west side of 15th, perhaps a couple of blocks north where it turns into Holman Rd. since this intersection is not as busy. Pedestrians may have access to both sides of the station; unloading may be safer this way. This neighborhood would also need access to some sort of parking station.

65th and 15th NW. The station will not be directly across from Ballard High School, perhaps closer the swimming pool.

The next stop would be 15 Ave. NW and NW Market St.

Queen Anne Area

The monorail would turn up towards Queen Anne perhaps on Harrison although Harrison is a narrow street, which could cause difficulties. The station would be located somewhere near Harrison and 1st. N. This is the heart of the Uptown shopping area. From Harrison it may travel up Republican then bend again at Warren, behind the Seattle Reparatory Theater, cutting over the parking lot. It would then cross Mercer through the parking garage, out of the garage, sliding across Mercer St.(KCTS) and down 5th.

There will be an EMP station, near EMP, but not in it.

There will be a station at Bell or Lenora as it heads for the downtown area. It will turn west on Stewart, come across the parking lot then turn left on 2nd and Stewart. They are planning on putting a station at 2nd and Pine that would have access to the Public Market.

At Yesler and James the station will replace the “sinking ship” parking lot, then on to Chinatown.

Extra facts.

The average stations would be 150 ft. long and 27 ft. wide.

Each would have an elevator as well as an escalator going up and stairs going down.

Trains need 150 to 200 ft. radius in which to turn. They can climb a 10% grate.

Metro will serve every monorail station. If the monorail takes the place of a metro route, Seattle metro will not lose the bus. It would be added to another route.

December 1, 2002
Suzanne Anderson, Vice Chair