6. Public comments

The Sound Transit board welcomes your input! Citizen comments are an important part of the Sound Transit public process. The Board of Directors takes comments seriously and considers them in its deliberations. All board and committee meetings and public hearings are open to the public.

How do I provide comments at a Board of Directors or committee meeting?

Anyone from the public wishing to comment during board and committee meetings will have the opportunity to do so during the public comment section of the meeting. Sound Transit provides meeting agendas on our website and outside the Ruth Fisher Boardroom at Union Station (401 S. Jackson St. in Seattle) on the day of board and committee meetings. Public comment is permitted only on items that are on the meeting agenda for final action, unless the chair announces that the board will accept comments on other items.

To provide public comment during board meetings, members of the public should print their name, the agenda item, and the comment topic on the sign-up sheet located in the boardroom prior to the start of the meeting. Sign-up is on a first come, first serve basis. The sign-up sheet will be available until the chair calls the meeting to order.

During the public comment section of the meeting, the chair will call names from the public comment sign-up sheet. When your name is called, please come forward, speak into the microphone, and state your name for the record.

During each meeting, the chair of that meeting will announce the amount of time that each person will have to speak. Generally, comments will be limited to two minutes. Staff will mute the microphones of speakers exceeding their allotted time, making personal attacks, making remarks unrelated to an agenda item, or campaigning as prohibited by RCW 42.17A.555 .

Rules and tips for public comment handout

How do I provide comments and questions to the Board of Directors regarding items that are not before the board/committee for final action?

The Sound Transit Board welcomes your input regarding topics that are not considered for final action at meetings, and you may do this at any time. Because public comment is typically permitted only on certain agenda items, there are other ways that you can provide general comments to Boardmembers.

Ways to provide general comments to board members

Fill out a general comment form. During board and committee meetings, you may fill out a general comment form and place it in the general comments tray in the Boardroom.

Email the board. You can email the Board of Directors by using this email address: emailtheboard@soundtransit.org

Send letters to the board. You can mail letters to the Board of Directors at this address:

Board Administrator
Sound Transit
401 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104

All questions and comments received through the general comment tray, email, or mail will be provided to all members of the Sound Transit Board of Directors. The appropriate Sound Transit staff will follow up with you regarding questions or comments that you provide.

Once the chair calls the meeting to order, the sign-in sheet will no longer be available. At the discretion of the Chair, however, he/she may ask if anyone who did not sign up would like to comment.