SUPERMAXX

The best possible public transport in the shortest possible time at the lowest possible cost for Auckland. 

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For the complete Supermaxx proposal click "more info" at the bottom of this page or go to  www.supermaxx.co.nz. Around $1 billion dollars has been taken from Aucklanders pockets unnecessarly over the past 12 years since Supermaxx was first submitted to ARTA, the ARC, various Auckland City Council Mayors, and all Central Government politicians. You are welcome to ask your local local and central politicians why! 

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Submission to Auckland City Mayor, Councillors, and all Local Board members 1st February, 2019 

 

Auckland Transport Consultancy

Telephones: 0800 309196 Mobile: 021 174 9588  

Postal: P.O. Box 6145, Auckland, New Zealand 1141

Email: steve@aucklandtransportconsultancy.co.nz  

Web: www.aucklandtransportconsultancy.co.nz

 

 

01 February, 2019

 

Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland

All Auckland City Councillors

All Auckland City Local Board Members

 

What would you do with an extra 100-200 million dollars a year in Auckland Council budget at no extra cost to ratepayers or taxpayers?

What difference would it make to your constituents if commuting costs were more than halved for anyone travelling 2 zones or more?

What difference would it make in the next election if the above were introduced within the next 6 months?

 

AUCKLAND TRANSPORT FARE INCREASE. - Iniquitous, unnecessary, damaging,

Once again Auckland Transport have proven their incompetence by raising fares, the normal kneejerk reaction to rising costs and lower revenue.

 

There is a way whereby revenue can be increased and both subsidies and fares decreased. It is called SUPERMAXX and has been available to Auckland Transport (originally ARTA) since 2007. In the past 11 years around $1 billion dollars in excess subsidies and a further $1 billion in excess fares have been taken from the pockets of Aucklanders, many of whom are struggling financially. In addition to the excess costs Aucklanders have to endure a far less than optimal public transport service. Auckland Transport's 'New Network' provides some improvement but can by no means be called optimal. It does not allow easy travel around the city for those who are not commuting into and out of central Auckland.

Moving to unlimited travel passes actually increases revenue dramatically while reducing costs to commuters!

The following table provides a comparison between Auckland Transport new fares from 10th February, 2019 and Supermaxx fares. 

Open fares Auckland Transport. Brackets (Supermaxx)

Cash. Hop. 1 week. Hop1 month. Hop - weekdays 2 hours 1 day 7 days 30 days

per trip 10 trips (5 days) Based on 21 days – 42 trips

1 Zone $3.50 ($2)  $1.95 ($2) $19.50 ($5) $81.90 ($70)

2 Zone $5.50 ($2) $3.45 ($2) $34.50 ($20) $144.90 ($70) 

3 Zones $7.50 ($2) $4.90 ($5)  $49.00 ($20)  $205.80 ($70) 

4 Zones $9.00 ($2) $6.30 ($5)  $63.00 ($20) $215* ($70)

5 Zones $10.50 ($2) $7.60 ($5) $76.00 ($20)  $215* ($70)

6 Zones - $8.90 ($2)  $89.00 ($20) $215* ($70) 

7 Zones - $10 ($2)  $100 ($20)  $215* ($70)

8 Zones - $11.10 ($2)  $110 ($20) $215* ($70) 

9 Zones - $12.20 $122 $215* $5 $10 $30 $90 *Based on AT unlimited travel pass valid for 1 calendar month. Some variations between AT and Supermaxx boundaries apply.

Lower Supermaxx fares exclude Hibiscus Coast and Franklin. A Supercity wide 30 day pass of $75 is possible.

 

AT operational projections 2017/2018 year. Figures supplied under the Official Information Act on 2nd March 2018. Total cost of operations $521,910,000

Total revenue $521,910,000  

Cost recovery  

FARES $180,186,000  

NZTA $192,818,000  

Ratepayers $148,906,000)

Cost recovery (fares) bus and train $162,255,000

 

The following table provides one example of how revenue is increased by using Supermaxx unlimited travel passes if 25% of adult HOP card holders move to monthly travel passes. Enabled Hop cards as at 19 February 2018 were 1,229,000 including 1,006,052 adult.

 

Accessible 1,229 x $35 x 12 months 516,180

Adult 251,513 x $70 x 11 months 193,665,010                               (25% of 1,006,052 enabled cards)

Adult Supercity 2,000 x $90 x 11 months 1,980,000

Child 82,994 x $35 x 9 months 26,143,110

Secondary Student 18,727 x $35 x 9 months 5,899,005

Tertiary student 48,953 x $35 x 9 months 15,420,195

Supergold 131,041 x $15 x 12 months 23,587,380 (not available 7am – 9am weekdays)

 

Total projected annual revenue in monthly passes 267,210,880

Projected revenue from 7 day, 1 day, 2 hour passes as per brochure 55,000,000

 

SUPERMAXX total projected revenue $322,210,880

AT projected revenue for buses and train $162,255,000

 

Difference SUBSIDY SAVINGS PER ANNUM $159,955,880 3.1 million dollars per week

 

With a highly functioning integrated SUPERMAXX network, extensive express bus network, and 10 minute frequency on primary routes it is reasonable to assume patronage and revenue will increase dramatically on the above. Costs increase more slowly than revenue

 

A few failures of the 'New Network' which are replicated across Auckland

Dominion Road Buses 25L and 25B

1 Most of these buses deviate from Dominion Road along Mt Eden Rd, Esplanade Rd, and View Rd which adds 5-10 minutes to the journey for thousands of people travelling further along Dominion Road. They also have to negotiate the insane little roundabout on the corner of Esplanade and View Roads which is difficult for the drivers, uncomfortable for the passengers, and bad for the bus suspension.

Supermaxx buses outbound go from Queen St through Ian McKinnon Drive, inbound via Symonds Street saving 20 minutes per journey.

 

2 Two routes duplicate each other from the city to Denbigh Ave and often buses travel in convoy from there to the city. Supermaxx has 1 route and needs 5 less buses to operate a more efficient service at a saving of around $1 million per annum.

 

3. These buses end in Lynfield or Blockhouse Bay which does not assist easy access around the city..

The Supermaxx route ends at New Lynn Transport centre with easy access to the north and west for Dominion Rd residents and workers.

 

Manukau Road buses 309 and 30

1 These routes duplicate each other to Empire Road and often buses travel in convoy. Supermaxx has 1 primary route which means less buses are needed to operate a better service.

2 Auckland Transport Route 30 buses end at Onehunga, 309 at Mangere Town Centre. Supermaxx follows route 30 to Onehunga but continues to Mangere Bridge, Mangere Town centre, and ends at the airport with immediate connections to Puhinui Rail and Manukau Transport centre.  

Airport services. Skybus have been given a monopoly from the city and the thousands of people working at the airport 24/7 and passengers and their friends have no option in the main but to use their cars and pay Auckland Airport excessive parking fees. This also creates extra pollution and congestion. Supermaxx has 1 Busway, 3 Express, and four Primary routes plus local services servicing the airport 24/7. Auckland Airport realise Supermaxx will be for the benefit of the people but not their excessive parking earnings and do not support Supermaxx.  

The Supermaxx Express Bus network between transport hubs, along with Primary and Secondary routes plus Local services and Minimaxx servicing the hubs all enable commuters to move around the city much faster, easier, and more economically than Auckland Transport. Supermaxx provides interconnected, frequent, and comprehensive services from Wellsford to Waiuku at vastly reduced costs to both ratepayers and commuters compared to Auckland Transport.  

Resilience. The cancellation of all train services through a signal fault 25 January and June highlights the lack of resilience in AT's network. SUPERMAXX has alternative Primary Bus Routes from Papakura to Britomart on Great South Road, City to New Lynn on New North Road, and Otahuhu to the city via Panmure, and Glen Innes, Primary routes have services every 10 minutes 7am – 7pm and 5 minutes at peak times, every 20 minutes 6am-7am and 7pm – midnight, and hourly from 1am - 6am  

Carbon emissions. A properly designed and functioning network will remove at least 50,000 tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year by providing more capacity with less buses. This figure does not take into account the reduced carbon emissions through less cars on the road.  

Central Rail Link. Good to see more realism that the total cost will exceed $4 billion. I suspect it will be closer to $5 billion. How is this to be funded?  A huge opportunity has been lost by not us8ing the 5-9 metre space between the top of the tunnel box and the surface of Mt Albert Road for walkway, cycleway, museum of Auckland, shops and all weather wide space commuter possibilities underneath the surface. 

Central City congestion and pollution There are still too many routes coming into the central city which creates excessive congestion and pollution. AT has approximately 130 routes – Supermaxx 46. Albert St should not become a busway. A perfect terminal for western and southern routes and long distance buses can be built as part of the Aotea station above the car park behind Bledisloe building. It has easy access to the motorways and Albert St and Victoria Streets pedestrian developments. It needs to be designed and built now, paid for by building apartments or offices above.                

Port issues. Please protect our harbour. Trying to put all the ferries down the western side of Queens wharf is totally unwise causing congestion and delays to ferry services, and removing an important public space from the people of Auckland. We absolutely do not need a mooring dolphin at the end of Queens Wharf. The “Ovation of the Seas” is 3 metres longer than “Queen Mary 2” which has successfully used Jellicoe wharf in the past. Big passenger ships can use Jellicoe in the future for the few days required each summer until Marsden wharf is removed and Captain Cook wharf extended as the cruise terminal, This has been the plan for many years. Queens wharf must be kept and developed as people space. Quay Street should be undergrounded from Albert to Commerce Streets as part of the seawall repairs to create a pedestrian plaza from Customs Street to the northern end of Queens wharf. A car carrying train can be slotted into the rail network between the port and Westfield every 10 minutes between 10am and 3pm and 8pm and 6am in the Supermaxx commuter train schedule with a capacity of moving 1,800 – 2,000 cars per day. Car carrying ships average 800 – 1,000 cars.  

Every week that goes by without Supermaxx being introduced costs Aucklanders another $2-3 million in excess subsidies and a similar amount in excessive fares. You have the opportunity to change this. Please treat these issues seriously. Aucklanders deserve far better than we are getting at the moment. I will be delighted to discuss Supermaxx with you and show how introducing Supermaxx will benefit your Ward and local Board area. All current Councillors are well aware of Supermaxx. Do they deserve to be voted back in October?

Stephen Greenfield  

Auckland Transport Consultancy           


More info ( 7 MB)

Auckland needs Supermaxx

"Supermaxx" is an effective, low cost, affordable, integrated, public transport system for Auckland which can commence within 6 months. It was first offered to Auckland (ARTA, ARC, and Auckland City Council) in 2007.

By maximising efficiency of public transport routes 30% more passengers can be carried with approximately 200 less buses on the road leading to far less pollution and congestion.

"Supermaxx" is a time based fare system offering 2 hour, 1 day, 7 day, and 30 day electronic passes. Main unit is a 30 day pass for $70 providing unlimited travel on all train and bus services and the Devonport ferry in the area bounded by Albany, Papakura, Swanson, Howick. This is a massive cost reduction for most commuters. "Supermaxx" will reduce the subsidies required by $70-$80 million per annum.

It is long past time we took action to bring our transport system into the 21st Century. The original "Supermaxx" proposal was presented to ARC, ARTA, Plus Auckland, Manukau, Waitakere, North Shore and Papakura City Councils in early 2007. It could have been introduced by early 2008. If it had been introduced then:
** Ratepayers and taxpayers would have saved over $1 billion dollars in rates and taxes now paid for excessive operating subsidies.
** Commuters would have saved over $1 billion in excess fares
** Over 500,000 tons less of carbon and other pollutants would have been pumped into our skies.
** Aucklanders would have enjoyed a far more functional public transport system - and the transport fiasco of World Cup opening night would not have happened!

 

mdFeatures
** Integrated bus and train public transport from Wellsford to Waiuku, Helensville and Piha to Beachlands
** Introduction of express services using motorways where possible between transport hubs and major connector points integrated with primary, secondary, and local bus routes.
Primary services feature Services every 10 minutes 7am - 7pm monday - saturday, 20 minutes at off peak times and hourly on primary routes from midnight to 6am. 
** Introduction of LOCAL and REGIONAL bus services
** Devonport ferry now incorporated to relieve pressure on Lake Rd.
** Over 90% of Aucklanders (Metro area Albany to Papakura - Swanson to Howick) will now be within a 15 minute walk of a "Supermaxx" bus or train stop. 
** Unlimited travel passes on all train, bus, and Devonport ferry services between Albany and Papakura, Swanson and Howick,
$2 for 2 hours, 
$5 for one day,
$20 for 7 days,
and $70 for 30 days.

REGIONAL PASSES - all bus and train services plus Devonport ferry, Wellsford to Waiuku. $5 for 2 hour pass, $10 for 1 day pass, $30 for 7 day pass, $90 for 30 day pass. 
 

CHALLENGE

My Challenge to Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, Minister of Transport and Prime Minister for the past 10 years has been to
1. Find a better programme to provide the best possible public transport for Auckland in the shortest possible time at the lowest possible cost OR
2. Prove that Supermaxx will not work OR 
3. Implement SUPERMAXX immediately to cater for the rapidly increasing numbers using public transport through financial stringency. The current minor hugely expensive and poorly implemented incremental improvements will not do this.

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