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Volunteer your time to help oversee Sound Transit

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Have time for two meetings a month to help oversee the agency’s work to operate, plan and construct the biggest transit expansion in the nation?

Sound Transit is seeking volunteers for our Citizen’s Oversight Panel (COP). Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.

The agency's district comprises five subareas within King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. 

The COP currently has six openings: one for the Pierce County Subarea, two for the Snohomish County Subarea, two for the North King County Subarea and one for the South King County Subarea. The general boundaries are outlined below. 

A map showing the five subareas that make up the Sound Transit district.

The COP was created in 1997 to independently monitor Sound Transit and make sure it meets its commitments to build and operate a regional bus, light rail and commuter rail transit system.

Its 15 members represent a variety of interests, professional expertise and experience.

The panel meets online twice monthly during normal business hours and acts as an independent oversight entity by digging into agency details, asking hard questions and reporting its findings to the Sound Transit Board of Directors. While in-person meetings may return to Sound Transit headquarters in Seattle after the pandemic, the committee will continue to allow members to meet virtually. 

We rely on the oversight and expertise of this dedicated and independent group of volunteers, and are currently accepting applications. 

To Apply

Submit an application online or mail/email a completed application and a resume to Kent Keel, Sound Transit Board Chair, 401 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2826; or

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be a registered voter within the Sound Transit District and reside and/or work in the Pierce County, Snohomish County, North King County, or South King County Subareas.

  • Have experience/skills in one or more areas related to the panel's responsibilities: business management; engineering; financial management; public facilities and services; large projects construction management; government processes; and public policy development or review.

  • Be able to attend meetings twice each month during normal business hours.

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