Working with businesses

Sound Transit is committed to working with you to ease the impacts as the regional transit system expands.

During construction

Major construction can be disruptive to a neighborhood, which is why Sound Transit is committed to being a good neighbor during construction projects. 

Project teams follow standard requirements when working in your neighborhood.

  • Maintain a safe and secure worksite
  • Keep the site clean
  • Maintain access to homes and businesses
  • Minimize noise impacts 
  • Minimize lighting impacts
  • Minimize parking impacts from construction equipment and employee vehicles 

Property acquisition

Property acquisition, relocation and easements

Major transportation projects often require the purchase of property. In some cases, this means that businesses and nonprofits are required to move. The Sound Transit comprehensive acquisition and relocation assistance program is designed to:

  • Treat affected property owners and tenants fairly
  • Minimize hardships
  • Maintain communications with all parties involved

The property acquisition process:

  1. Appraisal by an independent appraiser
  2. Appraisal reviewed for completeness and accuracy
  3. Sound Transit makes offer to purchase
  4. Property owners are given a reasonable opportunity to consider and respond to the offer

What business owners can expect:

  • Relocation services
  • Moving and reimbursement

Relocation services to businesses include referrals to replacement properties, move planning, filing claims and providing resource information.

Eligible moving and related expenses include transportation, packing/unpacking, disconnecting/reinstalling equipment, storage if necessary, insurance during the move, reimbursement for search costs and reestablishment expenses.

See also: PDF iconProperty Acquisition and Business Relocation Handbook