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That little face peering down from a window of the elevated Monorail to the street below was so cute. Trains of all kinds and kids are an inseparable duet.
The Seattle Monorail was a fixture of the 1962 World's Fair. 45 years later it still connects Seattle Center with the Downtown shopping area at Westlake Center and is mostly used by tourists. In 1997 Seattlites voted to expand the monorail system to become a viable part of the area's rapid transit system. Plans were made for an initial 14 mile Green Line to connect West Seattle, Downtown, and the northwest neighborhoods of the city; however, those plans were finally nixed eight years into the planning process after much controversy and taxpayer expense. The historic existing one mile route of the Monorail had its own troubles in 2005 costing millions of dollars to repair and months of down time after two trains collided and wedged together, the result of a known design flaw from a 1988 platform rebuild and operator error.