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Sound Transit - the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - is recruiting for a citizen volunteer from Pierce County or South King County to fill a vacancy on its Citizen Oversight Panel. The 15-member panel was formed early this year to monitor the agency's performance in implementing regional transit services as part of Sound Transit's commitment to public accountability. The agency is requesting letters of interest from citizens with specific skills or experience, and who are willing to serve for a minimum of two years on the Oversight Panel. The panel currently meets monthly.

The Oversight Panel monitors and reports on Sound Transit's performance against its commitments to the public in a number of policy areas, including budget and financial management, adherence to schedules, public participation in the plan's implementation, evaluation of project alternatives and review of the annual independent performance audits.

Applicants must be registered voters who live within the RTA district boundary in Pierce County or South King County, and have experience in one or more of the areas of panel responsibility including general management, financial management, audit processes, public facilities and services, government or public policy.

Anyone meeting the criteria and interested in being considered should submit a one-page letter of interest highlighting the expertise they would bring to the panel to the Sound Transit by Wednesday, November 5. Letters of interest should be addressed to:

Bob Drewel, Chair
Sound Transit
1100 Second Ave., Suite 500
Seattle WA 98101

Following the November 5 deadline, the 18 members of the Transit Authority Board will receive copies of all letters of interest. Each boardmember may then nominate one person for consideration. The board's Executive Committee will review the nominations and recommend a finalist to the full RTA Board for confirmation.

Sound Transit is implementing a 10-year plan of light rail transit, commuter rail service on existing tracks, new regional express bus service, and related improvements in the Central Puget Sound region. Voters in the metropolitan three-county region approved local funding for the plan at last November's general election.

More information about Sound Transit and the Citizen Oversight Panel selection process is available by calling the Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority during normal business hours at 206-398-5000 , or by leaving a message on the RTA's toll-free information line at 1-800-201-4900. The information is also available on the World Wide Web.

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Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit systems and services to improve mobility for Central Puget Sound.