Created in 1997, the Citizen Oversight Panel (COP) independently monitors Sound Transit and its commitment to build and operate the region's high-capacity transit system.

The Sound Transit Board of Directors appoints and tasks COP members with asking hard questions, reviewing details and reporting findings back to the board. Its 15 citizen-volunteers represent a variety of interests, professional expertise and experience.

The COP monitors Sound Transit's performance in the following areas:

  • Adherence to its public commitments.
  • Open and timely involvement of citizens.
  • The process of evaluating project alternatives.
  • Capital and operating budgets and finance plans.
  • Equity in subarea budgets and reporting.
  • Adherence to schedules and budgets.
  • Review of annual performance audits.

COP meetings

Citizen Oversight Panel meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Additional COP or Citizen Oversight Panel Task Force meetings take place as needed.

**Please note: Due to the Governor's Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order, all Citizen Oversight Panel meetings are being held virtually. The virtual meetings are being streamed live via Webex. Information on how to view the Webex stream will be provided on the Sound Transit website no later than 24 hours before the meeting. Visit the calendar of upcoming meetings and click on the meeting name for details to join.

Calendar of upcoming meetings

COP members

The Sound Transit Board appoints panel members to serve four-year terms. They appoint at least two members from each of the five geographic subareas of the Sound Transit District. The board appointed the first panel in February 1997. The public receives notices as positions become open for new appointments. An application is available on the right side of this page for those interested in serving.

Learn more about current panel members.

Current panel openings

There is currently two positions from Snohomish County and one position available from the North King County subarea on the panel. Please apply - Sound Transit relies on the oversight and expertise of this dedicated and independent group of volunteers.

Learn how to apply

COP reports

The panel reports its findings and suggested improvements to the board on behalf of the region's citizens. The COP's vigilance, continuous feedback and constructive suggestions help ensure the success of Sound Transit.

COP document and report archive