SUPERMAXX

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

Supermetlink for Wellington 

Supermetro for Christchurch

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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! Should they be elected again in October  in my view no! Phil Goff has got to go.

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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

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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. 

1 Zone  AT cash $3.50. Hop  $1.95  1 week - 10 rides -$19.50 1 month $81.90 Supoermaxx: 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70

2 Zones AT cash  $5.50, Hop $3.45 10 rides  $34.50, 1 month - 21 days $144.90 Supermaxx: 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70 

3 Zones  AT cash $7.50, Hop $4.90, 10 rides $49.00, 42 trips  $205.80.... ($70). Supermaxx 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70

4 Zones  AT cash $9.00  Hop $6.30,  10 rides  $63.00, Monthly pass  $215* Supermaxx 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70. 

5 Zones  AT cash $10.50, Hop.$7.60, 10 rides $76.00. Monthly   $215  Supermaxx 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70.

6 Zones - AT Hop $8.90, 10 rides   $89.00, Monthly pass $215           Supermaxx 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70.  

7 Zones -  AT Hop $10,  10 rides, $100, Monthly pass  $215           Supermaxx 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70 

8 Zones - AT HOP $11.10, 10 trips  $110, Monthly pass  $215        Supermaxx 2 hours  $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days $90

9 Zones - AT HOP $12.20, 10 trips  $122, Monthly pass  $215    Supermaxx 2 hours $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days $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/SUPERMAXX FINANCIALS    (2019/2020 figures to be supplied shortly)

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    

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SUPERMETLINK FOR WELLINGTON.      

Update 09 July,2019 

The fiasco of Wellington public transport continues. More hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on 'consultation' and 'planning'. No urgent action to fix the problems. I did offer last year to design a new highly functioning system using the Supermaxx template within 7 days and for just $5,000. The Greater Wellington Regional Council refused then spent over $30,000 on international consultants who came to the conclusion that their network was flawed and badly implemented (all of which had already been pointed out by the Wellington public and myself at no cost. They offered no solutions. I believe well over $1 million has now been spent on consultants to no avail. Wellington citizens should the GWC Councillors be re-elected? In my view no!

Biggest flaw however is the failure to implement the Unlimitted Travel Pass Supermaxx system which lowers costs and increases revenue. 

The problem of the lack of resilience in the Wellington transport network was  highlighted by the freight train derailment last week. The problem is even worse in Auckland where the network has been misdesigned to force people on to the trains (Southern and Eastern lines) with no back up when the inevitable accidentbreakdown, or power outage happens. It also leads to overcrowded trains and is a disincentive to using public tansport.

Auckland Transport Consultancy

Level One, 441 Queen St, Auckland, New Zealand. 1010

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

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07 August, 2018.

 

The Chair and all Councillors,

Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Wellington.

 

Dear Chair and Councillors,

 

WELLINGTON PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

It is tragic to see the problems occuring with the roll out of the new public transport network in Wellington. It is so unnecessary and seems to be driving people away from public transport rather than attracting them to it. I have been involved in transport all my life, at sea for 6 years, in the air working with Air New Zealand and flying as a private pilot, on the rail with my 'own' leased de luxe carriage from New Zealand Railways offering a de luxe service in the South Island from 1987 to 1989, and as the owner, operator, and driver of tour vehicles for the past 48 years.

Recognising that Auckland had one of the worst run public transport systems in the developed world I spent around 2,000 hours in 2006 developing a totally new template for Auckland public transport under the name of SUPERMAXX. I proved that Auckland Transport could offer a vastly more user friendly public transport system, save around $2 million dollars per week in operating subsidies, and reduce the fare to unlimited travel passes of $70 for 30 days, $20 for 7 days, $10 for 1 day, and $2 for 2 hours from first to last boarding on all trains and buses in the Auckland metro area between Albany and Papakura. The template can be used in any city with a minimum of 150,000 population. A copy of the Supermaxx proposal is attached.

There are 5 elements that have to be brought together in any public transport system operating to maximum efficiency:-

1. Network – Optimum is a grid network rather than hub and spoke. For Auckland I developed a 'spider web' network

2. Schedules - Optimum is service every 10 minutes from 7am to 7pm monday – saturday and 20 minutes off peak on primary routes and every 20 minutes on secondary routes with hourly services between midnight and 6am.

3. Fare type - Optimum is unlimited travel passes instead of distance, zonal, or time based individual fares to make public transport the 'transport of choice' any time. The thought “I have paid for this pass and therefore may as well use it” is far more powerful than “this journey is going to cost me money so I may as well use the car”.

4. Fare level - Optimum is $70 for 30 days, $20 for 7 days, $5 for 1 day, and $ 2 for 2 hours for main metro area which in Wellingtons case I would classify as Porirua and Upper Hutt to Seatoun

The Regional Pass at $90 for 30 days would cover the full area you cover including Wairarapa.

 

5. Infrastructure - Bus priority measures including bus lanes, bus stop placing, bus hubs etc

 

It may be counter intuitive but in actual fact unlimited travel passes increase revenue rather than diminishing it. Wellington has a much higher rate of public transport usage than Auckland or other cities in New Zealand. I am absolutely certain that fares can be reduced, subsidies reduced, and a better service provided to the public. Anyone travelling more than 1 zone under the current system will make savings – anyone travelling say 3 zones on Metlink fares for an average of 21 days per month currently pay $157 – under Supermetlink would pay $70. Combined with a properly functioning network and schedules this would be a game changer in Wellington public transport. At a very preliminary study I believe revenue can be increased and subsidies reduced by at least 50%

There are obviously major problems in Wellington currently which need to be addressed urgently. The PTOM is a highly flawed operating model however it is not acceptable to blame PTOM for a less than optimal service to the public.

I did approach Greater Wellington Council some years offering to do a “Supermetlink” proposal and was rebuffed however the offer is still open. I am happy to do an urgent evaluation of the current problems between the 20th and 24th August and have a complete solution delivered to you on monday 27th August for the sum of $5,000 – 50% up front, and the balance only on receipt of a viable proposal for an immediate fix. I understand you are disussing the current situation at the Sustainable Transport Committee meeting tomorrow. I am happy to come down and present to you tomorrow afternoon if you wish.

Maybe I should mention that I was born in Wellington and my first job was delivering telegrams by cycle in the Kilbernie, Miramar, Lyall Bay areas. I know the area well!

I look forward to hearing from you and hope to be able to be involved in assisting rapid improvements to your public transport for the benefit of the residents of Wellington.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Greenfield

Auckland Transport Consultancy.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Introducing Supermetlink for the Capital City

SUPERMETLINK is an effective, low cost, affordable, integrated, public transport system which remodels public transport in Wellington using current buses and trains. It is based on the SUPERMAXX template developed for Auckland.

In Wellington SUPERMETLINK can be introduced in two stages as there is urgency to fix current problems

Remodelling of the network and schedules – within one month of contract

Introduction of unlimited travel pass – within 4 months

 

SUPERMETLINK

** Vastly improves service, convenience, and affordability

** Lowers costs to both ratepayers (Subsidies) and travellers (Fares)

** Minimises emission and noise pollution, and congestion

** Provides public transport throughout the greater Wellington area. 90% of Wellington people will be within a 15 minute walk of SUPERMETLINK

** Provides Primary, Secondary, Local, and Regional services (Otaki /Masterton to South Coast).

** Primary bus routes provide services every 10 minutes 7am – 7pm Monday-Saturday and 5 minutes at peak times. 20 minute services evenings and Sundays.

** Combined with MINIMETLINK licenced shared ride mini buses (extra fare $2) from transport hubs provides door to door service including dial a ride.

 

SUPERMETLINK AND MINIMETLINK - WELLINGTON’S TOTAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SOLUTION

 

SUPERMETLINK FEATURES UNLIMITED TRAVEL PASSES

Metro Pass Paremata/Pomare to South Coast - zones 1-5 currently

$2 ...... 2 hour pass from first to last boarding

$5....... 1 day pass

$20..... 7 day pass

$70..... 30 day pass

Regional Passes Otaki/Masterton to Wellington South Coast – zones 6 – 13 currently

Pass applies on all train and bus services

$5 .....2 hours from first to last boarding

$10.... 1 day pass

$30.... 7 day pass

$90.... 30 day pass

 

Prepared by

Stephen Greenfield

Transport Solutions Designer

Auckland Transport Consultancy

September 2018

 

Developer of the “Connoisseur Express” luxury rail service in the South Island (1988) past operator and driver of tour coaches, Merchant Navy officer, private pilot, and enthusiast for fast, efficient, eco friendly, and economical transport of people and goods combining the best of public and private transport.

 

WHAT IS Supermetlink?

For effective, affordable, 'transport of choice' for commuters public transport must be:

FAST Bus lanes on main roads and motorways

Priority at traffic lights

Most direct and fastest route possible

Should be almost as fast as private cars – and faster at peak times

FREQUENT Services at least every 10 minutes on Primary routes and 20 minutes on Secondary routes 7am – 7pm Monday to saturday and 20 minutes off peak and sundays.

REGULAR 10 minutes apart means 10 minutes apart. It is totally possible with GPS tracking, a competent control centre, and some spare buses to slot in when necessary

INTEGRATED Buses and trains co-ordinated with minimal connecting times at hubs and transfer popints and one unlimited travel pass fare.

COMPREHENSIVE Wide regional coverage including every major entertainment, shopping, residential, and employment centre including airport, hospitals etc.

FLEXIBLE -  Easy and free interchange between buses and trains.

COMFORTABLE - Air conditioned, modern, clean, quiet, fast, free wi-fi

AFFORDABLE - Lowest possible cost – more economical than private car

At present there is enormous waste of ratepayers money through inefficient use of capital and human resources. There is a huge excess of noise, emissions, and congestion and the services are not as user friendly and attractive as they should be through inefficient network planning,.

There are 5 elements of a highty successful public transport system that must be brought together in balance to achieve the best outcomes

 

1 Network Optimum is a grid network rather than hub and spoke.

There must be easy and frequent connectivity between services to enable people to move easily and quickly around the city rather than just commuting to and from the central city.

 

2 Schedules Optimum is service every 10 minutes from 7am to 7pm monday – saturday (5 minutes if necessary at peak times) and 20 minutes off peak on primary routes and every 20 minutes on secondary routes with hourly services between midnight and 6am if demand warrants it

 

3 Fare type Optimum is unlimited travel passes instead of distance, zonal, or time based individual fares to make public transport the 'transport of choice' any time. The thought “I have paid for this pass and therefore may as well use it” is far more powerful than “this journey is going to cost me money so I may as well use the car”.

 

4 Fare level Optimum is $70 for 30 days, $20 for 7 days, $5 for 1 day, and $2 for 2 hours from first to last boarding for main metro area which I would classify as Paremata and Pomare to the south coast. (Maybe Paekakariki and Maymorn south)

The Regional Pass at $90 for 30 days would cover the full Regional Council area from Otaki and Masterton to South Coast

 

5 Infrastructure Bus priority measures including bus lanes, bus stop placing, bus hubs etc

 

There are obviously major problems in Wellington currently which need to be addressed urgently. The PTOM is a highly flawed operating model however it is not acceptable to blame PTOM for a less than optimal service to the public.

 

The Supermaxx contracting model is to contract a fixed number of buses from private operators by METLINK with very high specifications for quality of vehicles and drivers and service delivery, and cost formula established based on the hours buses are required to be ready for service and distance averaged over the fleet. There will be heavy penalties for non compliance and non performance. Metlink would establish the schedules and deployment of the buses with 2 months notification of any change. Twenty buses would be deployed on weekdays without fixed routes with drivers competent on all routes. which can be slotted into pressure areas at short notice. There is no excuse for passengers being left stranded at bus stops with full buses passing on a regular basis.

The current problems in Wellington are easily identifiable and easily fixed in the short term i.e. 2-4 weeks while the whole network and fare structure is revised and introduced which should take no longer than 2 months.

Stephen Greenfield

Auckland Transport Consultancy

21 September, 2018.

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PROVISIONAL SAMPLE SUPERMETLINK NETWORK

Supermetlink provides 4 levels of service linking at 4 transport hubs and numerous connection points

Less than 5% of passengers should have to change bus more than once. At least 80% should not need to change

No one should wait for more than 20 minutes for a bus

90% of Wellingtonians should be within 15 minutes walk of a bus or train stop

Simplicity and certainty of schedules and fares are critical to the success of any public transport system.

Supermetlink provides this.

PRIMARY ROUTES 3 routes (Central City – Kapiti and Hutt Valley not shown)

Monday – Saturday Every 10 minutes 7am – 7pm

(5 minutes 7am – 9am and 4pm – 6pm weekdays)

Every 20 minutes 6am – 7am and 8pm to midnight

Every hour 1am – 5am if warranted

Sunday Every 20 minutes 7am – 11pm

 

SECONDAY ROUTES 6 routes

Monday – Saturday Every 20 minutes 6am – midnight

(10 minutes 7am – 9am and 4pm – 6pm weekdays)

Sundays.  Every 20 minutes 7am – 11pm

 

Buses on the peak services will be used to slot into normal services to provide drivers breaks and minimise split shifts outside the above operating times

 

LOCAL ROUTES Approximately 12 routes. Feeder services using smaller buses to transport hubs

Monday – saturday Every 20 minutes 6am – 11pm. To midnight fridays and saturdays.

MINIMETLINK Shared ride non subsidised services from main transport hubs (extra cost $2 per ride).

Door to door public transport will be available in the main urban area for the first time

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PRIMARY ROUTES

301. JOHNSONVILLE – ISLAND BAY

Johnsonville – Newlands – Kaiwharawhara – Wellington Railway Station – Lambton Quay – Courtenay Place – Hospital – Beramphore – Island Bay

302.  KARORI – SEATOUN

Karori Mall – Karori – Wellington Station – Lambton Quay – Courtenay Place -

Hataitai - Kilbernie – Rongotai Rd – Cobham Drive – Miramar Ave – Ira St – Seatoun.

303.  WELLINGTON STATION – LYALL BAY – AIRPORT

Wellington station – Featherston St – Willis St - Manners St – Taranaki St – Wallace St

Hospital – Constable St – Kilbernie – Onepu Rd – Lyall Parade - airport terminal

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MAIN SECONDARY ROUTES (not all shown)

401.  MIRAMAR – KILBERNIE – HATAITAI – COURTENAY PLACE – RAIL STATION

402. KINGSTON – BROOKLYN – LAMBTON QUAY – WELLINGTON STATION

403. KARORI MALL – WRIGHTS HILL – UNIVERSITY - COURTENAY PLACE

404. WELLINGTON STATION – UNIVERSITY – NORTHLAND – WILTON – KHANDALLAH – JOHNSONVILLE – TAWA - PORIRUA

 

SUPERMETLINK FARES AND FINANCIALS

It may be counter intuitive but in actual fact unlimited travel passes increase revenue rather than diminishing it. Wellington has a much higher rate of public transport usage than Auckland or other cities in New Zealand. I am absolutely certain that fares can be reduced, subsidies reduced, and a better service provided to the public. Anyone travelling more than 1 zone under the current system will make savings – anyone travelling say 4 zones on Metlink monthly pass pays $126 – under Supermetlink would pay $70. Anyone travelling from Waikanae (zone 10) to the city pays $307.80 under Metlink - $90 under Supermetlink. However total revenue is increased! Combined with a properly functioning network and schedules this would be a game changer in Wellington public transport.

Supermetlink passes are valid on all trains and buses and therefore more flexible than Metlink.

Fare comparisons Current fares (Snapper) Supermetlink fares

1 zone

 Metlink 1 journey $1.71 30 days $95.76.                                              Supermetlink 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70

2 zones  

Metlink one journey $2.81, 30 days $157.36                                     Supermetlink 2 hours $2, 1 days $5 7 days $20, 30 days $70

3 zones  

Metlink 1 journey, $3.74, 30 days. $209.44  Supermetlink 2 hours $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70

4 zones                        

Metlink 1 journey $4.20 30 days $126                                                   Supermetlink 2 hours  $2 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70

5 zones  

Metlink 1 journey $5.13 30 days $153.90                                       Supermetlink 2 hours  $2, 1 day $5, 7 days $20, 30 days $70

6 zones        

Metlink 1 journey $6.52, 30 days  $195.60                                     Supermetlink 2 hours $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days  $90

7 zones  

Metlink 1 journey $7.40, 30 days  $222                                               Supermetlink 2 hours $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days $90

8 zones  

Metlink 1 journey $8.27. 30 days $ $248.10                                     Supermetlink 2 hours $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days  $90

9 zones 

Metlink 1 journey $9.33, 30 days $279.90                                               Supermetlink  2 hours $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days  $90

10 zones  

Metlink 1 journey $10.26, 30 days $307.80                                       Supermetlink 2 hours $5 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days $90

11 zones  

Metlink 1 journey $11.74, 30 days  $352.20                                    Supermetlink 2 hours $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days  $90

12 zones                        

Metlink 1 journey $12.62, 30 days $378.60                                                   Supermetlink 2 hours $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days  $90

13 zones        

Metlink 1 journey $13.92, 30 days $417.60                                Supermetlink 2 hours $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days $90

14 zones      

Metlink 1 journey $14.83 30 days $444.90                                       Supermetlink 2 hours, $5, 1 day $10, 7 days $30, 30 days $90

 

Snapper 28 day fares shown are based on individual adult fares for zones 1-3 and monthly passes for zones 4-14

 

Current fares are extremely complicated and very expensive and monthly passes available on trains and some buses only.

Supermetlink has 2 levels of fare

A. Metro for the area area (Paremata/Pomare (current zones 1-5) to south coast) and

B. Regional (Otaki/Masterton to South Coast.

Both passes are valid on all buses and trains 24/7.

 

REVENUE 2016/2017 year

Fares

Rail services $48.190,000

Bus services (39,027,107) GWRC have refused to advise current revenue from bus services

As the average fare capture nationwide is 45-50% of costs we will

Total estimated revenue $87,217,107 generously assume $39,027,107 million

 

Subsidies

Greater Wellington Regional Council targeted rate $60,000,000

Land Transport Fund $61,000,000

 

Total subsidies $121,000,000

 

COSTS 2016/2017 year

 

Rail services $88.840,000

Bus Service $39,027,107 (Bus service administration $2,732,651 additional)

 

Total operating costs $127,867,107

(Bus costs provided do not reflect the cost of operating the buses but just the subsidy. Buses in operation = 517)

Average cost of operating buses in public transport throughout New Zealand is approximately $210,000 per bus per year

Total cost of bus operation 517 x $210,000 = $108,570,000

Plus cost of rail operations $ 88,840,000

 

Total operational costs $197,410,000

Total revenue from fares and subsidies $208,217,107

 

SUPERMETLINK PROJECTED REVENUE AND COSTS

Costs based on remaining the same as present

 

OPERATING COSTS

Rail services $88.840,000

Bus Service $108,570,000 (Bus service administration $2,732,651 additional)

Total operating costs $197,410,000

 

REVENUE

Projected usage:

Wellington has the highest usage of public transport in New Zealand.

Latest statistics I have show 90% of Wellingtonians residents use public transport

Approximately 150,000 public transport journeys were made per average working day

The above figures include return journeys and transfer journeys however the following is realistic with a much better network providing more frequent and faster journeys and vastly reduced fares.

150,000 divided by 2 = 75,000 one way journeys.

Assuming 60% of those are regular commuters and would use 30 day Supermetlink passes for 11 months of the year

 

Revenue

Monthly passses

35,000 metro pases $70 x 11 months = 26,950,000

10,000 regional passes $90 x 11 months = 9,900,000

 

Weekly passes (estimated)

10,000 metro passes x $20 x 52 10,400,000

2,000 regional passes x $30 x 52 2,080,000

 

Daily passes

10,000 metro passes x $2 7,300,000

2,000 regional passes x 5 3,650,000

 

In addition to the above revenue are children,

student, Golden Age etc fares estimated at 20,000,000

 

Total revenue projected $169,380,000

Total operating costs $197,410,000

 

TOTAL SUBSIDY REQUIRED 28,030,000

Savings over present subsidy of $121,000,000 = $92,970,000

Combining all the income and expenses into one pot proves a basic life lesson that when the greater good, particularly of those disadvantaged is catered for everybody benefits.

The Supermetlink contracting model for buses enables fast changes to schedules without having to renegotiate any contracts

 

LOWER FARES – LOWER SUBSIDIES – MUCH IMPROVED SERVICE

SUPERMETLINK IS THE ANSWER FOR WELLINGTON.

 

Stephen Greenfield

Auckland Transport Consultancy

21st September, 2018

 

 

 

 


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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!

 

Features
** 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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