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As planned, the full Seattle City Council will be voting Monday on the 10-year contract for Seattle Monorail Services to operate the Seattle Center Monorail.

The council meeting starts at 2 pm. The contract is item 53 on the agenda.

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who chairs the council’s Transportation Committee, planned to present amendments to bring about the monorail’s integration into the ORCA system, after three months of feasibility study. At this time, the amendments are not yet publicly available, but we will post them here when they do become available.

The Blog has covered this issue here, here, and here.

We have received a number of questions regarding how ORCA revenue is distributed among the transit agencies. Oran’s primer on that process is here.


A substitute proposal is now available to the public.

The substitute bill contains a new Section 4:

Section 4. The Director shall deliver to the Mayor’s Office and the Seattle City Council an analysis of and possible proposal for utilizing the One Regional Card for All (“ORCA”) card as a method of fare payment on the Seattle Monorail before the end of the second quarter of 2015.

On page 27 of the substitute proposal, new verbage is added to the proposed contract language under XI.F.3. (Fare Collection):

The City may require the Concessionaire to utilize the One Regional Card for All (“ORCA”) smart card as a fare payment method. If the ORCA card is utilized and use of the card is found to have a material and adverse operating and/or financial impact, the Concessionaire and the City will enter into good faith negotiations to reasonably address the impact by amendment of the Agreement. In the event the City and the Concessionaire do not reach agreement, the Concessionaire may terminate this Agreement by providing written notice thereof to the City with the effective date of the termination being no less than one (1) year after the written notice. The Minimum Fee for the period from January 1 of the calendar year in which the notice of termination is given to the date of the written notice of termination shall be prorated based on the prior calendar year’s ridership for the same time period. The Minimum Fee shall not be in effect as of the date of written notice of termination.

7 Replies to “Monorail Contract Up for Passage Monday”

  1. Does the fact that ORCA integration is not a no-brainer in this case- mean that the agencies involved are? Just curious.


    1. It will be interesting to see if it actually happens (and how they choose to implement it), both politically and cost effectively. Will the same concessioner get the contract?

      1. Seattle Monorail Services, the concessioner for the past 10 years, will be awarded the contract, which, BTW, can be extended to another 10 years at the discretion of the Seattle Center Director. The language is what is being ironed out tomorrow.

  2. Update: A substitute proposal is now on the City’s website. The post now spells out the new language and links to the substitute proposal.

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