Monorail celebrates golden anniversary with free ride

Seattle's monorail is turning 50 and plans to celebrate with free rides this month.

On March 24, anyone that brings an old Monorail ticket dated anytime from 1962 to 2010 or a photo of themselves as a child riding the monorail gets a free ride.

Historic photos and monorail memorabilia will be on display inside of the train that is parked at Seattle Center. Riders are encouraged to explore and share their monorail stories. Musical performances will take place on the Seattle Center platform and materials will be available for children to create a "happy birthday card" for the monorail.

Two hundred commemorative gold medallions will be given to the first 200 passengers that buy a monorail ticket at 10 a.m. The gold medallions resemble the commemorative medals given to inaugural passengers when the Monorail opened in 1962.

Passenger must purchase a ticket (one-way/round trip) or show a monthly pass at Westlake Center Station in order to receive a medallion. People who show a badge, prepaid ticket, or other type of pass are not eligible to receive a medallion.

If you're interested in touring the Monorail facility and learning more about how the trains work, there will be several complimentary tours offered. Tours for adults interested in learning about the Monorail take place at noon and 12:40 p.m. Family-friendly tour takes place at 12:20 p.m. Email Megan at to sign up for a tour. Space is limited.

For more information about the celebration, check out the monorail's fan page on Facebook.

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