Working with residents

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 people will have to move from their homes. 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 residential owners can expect

  • Relocation benefits
  • Relocation services

Relocation benefits include reimbursement of moving expenses and replacement housing payment.

Relocation advisory services are provided by a qualified relocation agent who will determine need, explain benefits, provide current housing inventories, offer assistance and advice and assist with filing claims.

See also: Property Acquisition and Residential Relocation Handbook