Statement for Seattle Citizen Petition No. 145+ years ago elected officials promised Seattle citizens a grade separated, commuters’ rail system between Ballard and Downtown and Downtown and West Seattle. In 1997 Sound Transit, exclusively controlled by self-appointed elected officials, promised rail connections between those same city centers. In 2007 the elected officials that control Sound Transit again made the same promises, a north to south rail corridor that would be located on the west-side of Seattle, in order convince voters to grant Sound Transit additional funding.

This year Sound Transit and the Seattle Department of Transportation completed a study intended to lead to the creation of a Ballard to Downtown rail system that could be linked to West Seattle also. Afterwards the City Council declared that a Downtown streetcar system was a greater priority and that any intermediate or high capacity rail system linking Ballard-Downtown-West Seattle might be considered after 2016 – and if planned could possibly be built by 2026 or later.

Let's move past the mobility flops presided over by elected officials that are against Petition #1. Let's move on from the pet transportation projects they conceived and now constantly bill the public billions for, like “Bertha” the failing tunnel/project, the Sound Transit money pit that is up to 80% subsidized by taxpayers (not riders), that is overpriced and has failed to deliver its projects on time much less build the routes that it promised voters; and let's not forget the broke METRO bus service.

In order to prepare, adopt, and implement a plan for building such a system the petition must be approved by Seattle voters on November 4, 2014. Join with Centran's union supporters, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, with local organizations such as the West Seattle Democratic Women, and with individuals such as Paul Toliver, former head of KC Metro, that have endorsed Seattle Citizen Petition No. 1.

Petition No. 1 Cost - A $5.00 vehicle licensing fee will be added to the license tab cost of each vehicle that is subject to relicensing tab fees as provided in RCW 35.95A.090. It will go into effect at least six months after the date the proposition is approved. The revenue proceeds from the vehicle fee will be used to pay all or a portion of the costs of planning and designing the first phase of the Century Transportation Monorail Plan.

Join the CenTran Advisory Council We’re convening an Advisory Council consisting of twenty one (21) members. It will serve as an advising body to the board, and it will also serve as a network linked to the Greater Seattle and surrounding community at-large, mobilizing a wide spectrum of members of the local community, including but not limited to local neighborhood, business, social justice, environmental, sports interests, and location specific organizations, in to order that a diverse range of stakeholders may participate in the planning and advocacy for the efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable, economically viable and sustainable monorail system in Seattle. To join click here.

Project Overview and Countdown to Service Clock


CenTran has been formed in order to engage in the following activities:

  • To plan a high capacity transportation system that utilizes train cars running on a grade-separated guideway, and to provide a forum in which people and organizations can work together for the common transportation or mobility good of themselves and their community. 
  • To exercise all the powers provided to city transportation authorities under RCW 35.95A and other applicable law.  
  • After additional voter approval of a financing plan the authority may construct and acquire the necessary passenger stations, terminals, parking facilities, and any other facilities or other properties necessary for the system.  These system appurtenances by law may include but not be limited to passenger and vehicular access to and from people-moving systems such as High Capacity Personal Rapid Transit (HCPRT) that has multiple off-line stations to collect and distribute riders to and from the monorail system or via connections with any light rail systems, gondola, tram, or via a trolley system such as the streetcar network operated by the City of Seattle that may be in existence when the elevated rail system is operational.


CenTran's 16 Mile dual guideway system with up to 18 stations is estimated to cost at least $147.5 Million Per Mile or a total of $2,360 Million.


Conceptual Routes and System Info

Route Map


PDF of Above Map


Route Details Ballard Area
Route Details Interbay Area
Route Details Interbay to Queen Anne Area
Route Details Lwr Queen Anne/Seattle Center/Belltown Areas
Route Details Central Waterfront-First Avenue S.
Central Waterfront HCPRT Collector Distributor System Details
Route Details Stadium/Sodo/First Avenue S.
Route Details West Seattle



Station Details Ballard Area
Station Details Interbay to Seattle Center Area
Station Details Queen Anne/Seattle Center/Belltown Areas
Station Details Central Waterfront-First Avenue S.
Station Details West Seattle



Why Monorail?
How Much Does a Monorail System Cost?
Monorail Cars and Operation
New Mobility Technologies to Study: PRT?

It has been 10 years since a comprehensive elevated rail system for Seattle's west side was studied. Let’s take a fresh look at emerging and maturing technologies that have proliferated since that time that can make this an efficient system with access to and from people-moving systems that have multiple off-line statio that can collect and distribute riders to and from Centran’s elevated rail system. Complementary transport technologies that may be studied by the new authority could include High Capacity Personal Rapid Transit (HCPRT), Metropolitan Individual System of Transportation on an Elevated Rail MISTER, light rail systems, gondola, cable tram, or via a trolley system such as the streetcar network operated by the City of Seattle.

System Economics


User Fares


                 Local Trips



                              Cruise Traffic


                 Special Destination & Events

Real Estate Development

                 Joint Venture Partners



                 Transit Oriented Development

                              Market Rate Housing and Retail Spaces

Station Based and Associated Venues

                 Main Terminal

                              Retail, Goods, Services, Food, and Dining

                              Examples:  1   2   3   4   5   6

                 Local Terminal          

Guideway Utilidor Revenue



Solar Power Generation


Advertising  -  Representative Examples of Installations

                 Naming Rights for Stations



                              Stations at Street Level

                 Rail Cars




                 Local Quick Guide

Stock and Bond Sales




Disclaimer:  All web links are intended to only provide examples of the type of economic opportunities that exist for the generation of revenue for the elevated rail system.  Companies and situations selected as examples have not been contracted with or in any way engaged by CTA to provide goods or services, nor have they provided compensation in any form to CTA.


Contribute and Volunteer

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Please use our volunteer portal to join the campaign here.

CenTran Board of Directors

Interim CenTran Board

About Centran's interim board members link.

Download Director Bios, Consultants' and Advisors' Information link.


Board members are needed for a start-up, community based public transportation authority that is being organized pursuant to RCW 35.95A The Authority will be proposing to study transport systems and route alignments, to design then construct an approximately 16 mile long, dual guideway monorail system between Ballard and West Seattle, in one or more phases.

To transmit letter of inquiry or interest related to CTA board member opening, and to attach resume or send other related information please use this link


Board Member Duties:

Board members will be actively involved in all facets of City of Seattle transportation planning work and related regional transportation planning work, in terms of how they relate to CenTran’s transportation system’s goals.


Board members will support the work of the Century Transportation Authority and any associated spin-off entities.


Board members will provide mission-based leadership, strategic governance, and be involved in the search for and appointment of the Authority’s executive director; and to provide polity and guidance for the Authority’s director to follow.


Board Members’ responsibilities will also include: setting policies, reviewing outcomes and metrics, establishing and approving the Authority’s annual budget, providing audit reports, making material business decisions, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.


Interim Board terms will be for a minimum of 14 months.  Permanent board member terms will be for five years.


Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with City of Seattle or Washington state issues, preferably transportation related, or a record of involvement with Seattle neighborhood affairs that includes some transportation matters experience. The experience should be at least  two years, demonstrate a commitment to public service, and involve in-depth  participation in terms of issue complexity, and be a public or documented record of participation.


Additional Considerations for Potential Board Members:  
Expertise in a specific area which can help CenTran flourish is desirable.   For example, special knowledge, education, or experience in one or more of the following fields:  legal, financial, economic development, real estate, transportation, public or private infrastructure development or construction experience.   


Leadership and management experience, especially with publicly or privately funded transportation.


Commitment to the project. Board members must be interested in the Authority’s business and its continued well-being. They should not be serving just for the money or for personal interests.


Possess the time and energy to devote to board duties. Board members will be expected to spend time preparing for and attending board meetings, and to serve on additional committees.


Integrity and lack of a conflict of interest. Board members will need to sign a conflict of interest statement and they must act in the best interest of the business, not their own individual or business interests.



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