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July 8, 2015

From:                    James Robert Deal

Contact:                425-771-1110,

To:                         All media

For release:          July 8, 2015

If I am elected I will have a seat on the Sound Transit Board. The Board has nothing it its plan that will keep traffic congestion from getting worse. They need the creative approach I can bring.

See for a complete report.

I have proposed a flex van system which would deliver door-to-door service. It would utilize an Uber-like smart phone app for requesting rides.

It should not be necessary to own a car to get around. A car costs $700 per month to own and maintain. Riding flex vans would cost much less. The vans would fill up and thus pay their own way. In turn they would fill up the freeway buses.

Most of us drive single occupancy, filling up the roads. The way to get a third of the drivers to leave their cars at home is to make it easy to get to and from the transit station – or the mall, or the restaurant – by flex van.SoundTransit_Bus_NC

Our current bus system does not pick us up where we are nor take us all the way to where we are going. Rather than take long hikes to the bus stop and stand on dark street corners in the rain, most of us do not use transit. Most local buses are driven around mostly empty most of the time, wasting our sales tax money.

With door-to-door service, you will be able to take a nap on the way to work instead of fighting traffic. Underused local buses would be moved to the freeway to handle the new ridership. The system would run a lower deficit, so more money would be available to complete Link Light Rail.

The Herald commented that my flex van proposal was “good”. Neither John Lovick, nor Dave Somers, nor Robert Sutherland have expressed an opinion on this concept.

Call me at 425-774-6611 or 888-999-2022
Email me at James at JamesDeal dot com
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