Monorail Above

Unlike any other urban transit system in the country, the Seattle streetcar affords views of an operating monorail from points along its route.  The strange and venerable overhead units, one of which is seen here, date back to the Century 21 Exposition, Seattle's World's Fair of 1962.

The Seattle Monorail route continues on a vector more northwest than the streetcar, and thus the distance between the two lines increases as they proceed outbound. 

The large crowd at the Streetcar's Pacific Place Station in this image is indicative that it is from very shortly after the line's opening.  In fact the route had been in service for only a few hours on its first day, December 12, 2007.  Rides were free then, and for the rest of that month.

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