Citizen Oversight Panel

The Citizen Oversight Panel (COP) was created in 1997 to independently monitor Sound Transit and make sure it meets its commitment to voters - build and operate a regional bus, light rail and commuter rail transit system.

COP members are appointed by the Sound Transit Board and are tasked with asking hard questions, reviewing details and reporting findings back to the Board. Its 15 citizen-volunteers represent a variety of interests, professional expertise and experience and at least two members are appointed from each of the five geographic subareas of the Sound Transit district.

The COP monitors Sound Transit's performance in the following areas:

  • Adherence to its public commitments
  • Open and timely involvement of citizens
  • Process of evaluating project alternatives
  • Capital and operating budgets and finance plans
  • Equity in subarea budgets and reporting
  • Adherence to schedules and budgets
  • Review of annual performance audits

COP Meetings

Citizen Oversight Panel meetings are on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the Santa Fe Room at Union Station. Additional meetings or Citizen Oversight Panel Task Force meetings are held if needed.

Calendar of upcoming meetings

COP members

Panel members are appointed by the Sound Transit Board to serve four year terms. At least two members are appointed from each of the five geographic subareas of the Sound Transit District. The first panel was appointed in February 1997. As positions become open for new appointments, public notice will be given. An application is available on the right side of this page for individuals interested in serving on the panel.

Learn more about current panel members.

COP Reports

The panel reports its findings and areas for suggested improvement to the Board on behalf of the region's citizens. The panel intends that its work will help ensure the success of the plans and investments in improving transportation through vigilance, continuous feedback and constructive suggestions.

COP document and report archive