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.
Citizen Oversight Panel meetings are the first and third Thursdays of each month from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the Santa Fe Room at Union Station. Additional COP or Citizen Oversight Panel Task Force meetings take place as needed.
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.
Current panel openings
There are currently two positions open representing the South King County and Pierce subareas, and there will be one opening in the Snohomish subarea in early spring 2019. Please apply – Sound Transit relies on the oversight and expertise of this dedicated and independent group of volunteers.
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.