Welcome to the Century Transportation Authority Campaign This is the home of the Century Transportation Authority. "CenTran" will be authorized to utilize a variety of planning and funding mechanisms to establish a new high capacity, elevated, rail system that will serve the west side of Seattle. In order to prepare, adopt, and implement a plan for building such a system the Authority must be approved through a petition that will be voted on by Seattle voters November 4, 2014. The newly created Authority will then create a master plan to design and engineer the elevated rail system, and will complete the required environmental review for Phase 1, leading to the construction of the elevated rail system See also our blog.

CenTran once extablished will impose a $5.00 vehicle licensing fee on each vehicle subject to relicensing tab fees as provided in RCW 35.95A.090. That 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, which would link neighborhoods in Northwest Seattle, the Central Waterfront, the Duwamish Industrial zone, South Seattle, and West Seattle with Downtown Seattle.

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:

  • Creating a high capacity transportation system that utilizes train cars running on a grade-separated guideway, together with constructing or acquiring the necessary passenger stations, terminals, parking facilities, and any other facilities or other properties necessary for the system.  These system appurtenances 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, a fixed guideway light rail systems (which includes any gondola, tram or trolley systems such as the the streetcar system operated by the City of Seattle.) 
  • Exercising all the powers provided to city transportation authorities under RCW 35.95A and other applicable law.  
  • Providing a forum in which people and organizations can work together for the common transportation or mobility good of themselves and their community.


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


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 only to provide an example of the type of economic opportunities that exist for the generation of revenue in association with the 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.



Please use our payment portal to contribute to 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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