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 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 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.
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.
Learn more about current panel members.
Current panel openings
There are currently two positions from Snohomish County subarea, two positions from the North King County subarea, one position from the South King County subarea, and one position from the Pierce County subarea available on the panel. 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.