SuperMaxx

CORONAMAXX!!


The Coronavirus lockdown is the ideal time to introduce "Coronamaxx" using the Supermaxx Primary Services Network with schedules reduced to 15-20 minutes. This would provide a vastly better integrated network criss crossing the city supported by local feeder services enabling essential workers and essential activities such as Supermarket and Pharmacy visits to take place easily and quickly. All Supermaxx services start and end close to supermarkets and pharmacies at major shopping and transport hubs. No more double banking of buses on main arterials such as Dominion and Manukau Roads. Better services with less buses on the road and less drivers risking their health. When the lockdown is over the full Supermaxx network and fares can be immediately introduced with vastly better services at reduced costs to commuters and ratepayers, and less congestion and pollution. Coronamaxx services should be free during lockdown.

EMAIL SENT TO MAYOR GOFF AND ALL COUNCILLORS 29 APRIL, 2020

What is the most important thing in life - it is the people. What is the most important part of our city - it is the people. The environment we live in comes a close second.

Please take care of the people!

1. Please do not increase rates at a time when many people are struggling. It is totally unnecessary. We can have a vastly better city with wiser rather than bigger spending.

2. Please introduce managed community gardens where those struggling can put in 4 hours of 'sweat equity' and receive a credit equivalent to four hours at minimum wage to be taken in fresh food. This should be enough for a family of 4 for one week and will provide people with the dignity of earning their food rather than receiving a hand out from a food bank and take some pressure off the food banks. THIS IS URGENT. Whanau te Mana Whakaora provides a much better model for encouraging people to self sufficiency than putting struggling people into motels - albeit that is better than leaving them on the streets as has been past practice.

3. Please introduce Supermaxx or explain to me why not. Supermaxx will lower the cost of travel to commuters to $70 for 30 days unlimited travel between Albany and Papakura AND save over $100 million per year in operating subsidies.It will provide a vastly better interconnected service to the commuting public than AT provide. See attached schedules which would provide a much better and cheaper service in lockdown. Supermaxx will massively reduce congestion and pollution.

4. Please declare that all public transport buses coming into the central city must be electric powered by 2025. (It is easily possible under the Supermaxx network) and that no private fossil fuelled vehicles will be allowed in the inner city after 2027. Also install more electic car charging points in Council owned parking buildings.

It is hypocritical to declare that you care for the people and then
A. Increase their rates and other regulatory costs.
B. Don't provide the opportunity for people to help themselves be as self sufficient as possible. C. Refuse to provide the best possible public transport at the lowest possible cost
D. Declare a climate emergency and not take all possible steps urgently to reduce pollution.
E. Blindly continue the obsession with old fashioned forms of public transport such as light rail.

We are in an age of austerity with a huge opportunity to move outside the visionless, archaic, and very expensive thinking of the past and examine new ways of doing things and implementing them when shown to be better. Stephen Greenfield Auckland Transport Consultancy

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 councils then in existence) 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!

"SUPERMAXX" FOR A SUPER CITY

Latest proposal herewith updated May 2017 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.

SUPERMAXX AND SKYCABS - THE FUTURE OF AUCKLAND'S PUBLIC TRANSPORT!!

* Integrated Ticketing, Central city loop, Airport rail, and much more.
New Zealand could be the world leader in new technology public transport with visionary quality leadership
A classic example of small minded 'tunnel' vision by our local and central government politicians is the obsession with continuing with the $5 billion Auckland rail tunnel project at vast expense before examining the new technology options such as SKYCABS that would make New Zealand world leaders in new technology public transport. We will never develop our economy or get close to catching Australia with such retrogade thinking!

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  • CARBON EMISSIONS AND CLIMATE CHANGE


    By maximising the efficiency of the network and scheduling Supermaxx can provide more capacity with 300 less buses on the road saving $60 million per year in operating costs reducing carbon emissions by 25,000 tons per annum. It is completely hypocritical of the Auckland Council to declare a 'Climate Emergency' and refuse to implement a programme which will immediately reduce carbon emissions as well as costs and provide better service.

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    Avondale-Roskill By Election

    2020 - ELECTION YEAR

    The election for the New Zealand Parliament has been called for 19 September, 2020.
    Will any Party offer to provide the best possible public transport in the shortest possible time at the lowest possible cost? Is any Party capable of providing it?
    SUPERMAXX, (Auckland), SUPERMETLINK (Wellington), and SUPERMETRO (Christchurch) can all be rolled out within 6 months offering vastly better services at lower cost to ratepayers and commuters and a standardised card and phone app available in any city with the agreement of Local Authorities. Imagine living in Christchurch and coming to Auckland for a day (or vv) for business or pleasure and being able to step onto a SUPERMAXX bus at the airport and roam the city anywhere between Albany and Papakura on your SUPERMETRO card or app with no extra cost. A modified version of Supermaxx can be rolled out in any area which offers public transport including regional areas such as the Queenstown/Cromwell/Wanaka area, and Northland.

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    STOP THE BILLION DOLLAR RIP OFF!

    Failure to implement Supermaxx in 2007 has now cost Aucklanders well over $1 billion - half in excess operating subsidies, and half in excessive fares. The council has implemented a total unnecessary petrol tax to raise $150 million a year from motorists - Supermaxx would save at least $100 million, and I am satisfied closer to $200 million per year.

    AUCKLAND COUNCIL ELECTION 2019

    Will 2020 be the year when Auckland's public transport finally gets sorted?????
    Phil Goff was re-elected Mayor and a new Council formed in 2019. Mr Goff was first introduced to Supermaxx in 2007 as an MP and a number of times since including during his last term as Mayor. He has had 3 years to either disprove Supermaxx or implement it - he has done neither and refuses to explain to me his reasons.

    AIRPORT RAIL

    Trying to put light rail down narrow congested Dominion Rd is madness! It must stop.
    If there is any case for rail to the airport it must be heavy rail from Puhinui - but only after the Skycabs system has been evaluated and disproven. Puhinui to the airport is projected to cost at least $1.5 billion. Skycabs estimate a cost of $850 million for a complete line from Britomart to the airport.
    * Light rail down Dominion Rd will take about 1 hour 20 minutes from city to airport and cause massive congestion to other users.
    * Heavy rail from Britomart to airport via Puhinui is projected to take 45-50 minutes
    (Train from Britomart to Puhinui currently takes 30 minutes) * Skycabs will take 24 minutes from Britomart to the airport riding above Dominion and other roads with a capacity of 4,800 people in each direction each hour servicing Mt Roskill, Onehunga, and Mangere Bridge en route - it should be checked out - see adjacent column..

    AUCKLAND IS THE THIRD MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN THE WORLD FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    A recent study by Deutsche Bank has found Auckland to be the 3rd most expensive city in the world for public transport which is tragic as it is all so unnecessary - and that was based on travelling over 3 zones on a standard 10 journeys a week. The AT Auckland monthly pass is $215. THE SUPERMAXX PASS IS JUST $70. Commuters currently travelling 3 AT zones pay $210 for an average of 21 days usage (working week). Under Supermaxx they would pay $70. They would save money and the pass is available to use anytime, any place, any train or bus and Devonport ferry for 30 continuous days anywhere between Albany and Papakura, Swanson and Cockle Bay. Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, and Central Government politicians including the Minister of Transport and Prime Minister are fully aware of SUPERMAXX but refuse to implement it. Please ask them why.

    The fare increase introduced by Auckland Transport 9th February, 2020 is iniquitous, unnecessary, and damaging. It is the action of a totally incompetent Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. Supermaxx will DECREASE FARES AND SUBSIDIES and increase revenue - check it out!

    WELLINGTON with travel passes varying from $126 to $444 for a month is the 12th most expensive city in the world and the recent fiasco of the roll out of their new bus network shows the paucity of knowledge and ability in their transport planning. Wellington could also enjoy a Supermetlink network and a $70 SUPERMETLINK pass for 30 days anywhere between Paraparaumu and Upper Hutt as northern boundaries and the South Coast or $90 from Waikanae or Masterton to the South Coast.

    AUCKLAND (the city of cones) CBD ISSUES

    Efficiency of travel through the CBD area is critical to the success of "Supermaxx". There is not too much traffic in the inner city. It just takes too long to get through the mass of traffic lights - and cones. Creative solutions are needed to make the CBD area a vastly better place to live, work, shop, and play. All buses in the inner city should be transitioned to electric within the next 5 years and fossil fuelled cars banned from the inner city within 7 years.Click here for some better solutions

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    I believe our economy and social fabric are disintegrating, in part because of world events, in part because we are not addressing the underlying causes of our issues with long term solutions. During my 6 years at sea in the merchant navy if we knew a severe storm was coming we prepared the ship to cope by checking all operating systems, making sure the cargo was secure, clearing the decks,and rigging lifelines through the companionways for the safety of passengers and crew. We as a nation are cruising into danger. We need to change course to minimise damage, and prepare the country for rough weather ahead.
    These are challenging times. For decades we have been undermining the foundations of society in the environmental, social, economic, and spiritual areas - every facet of a flourishing society. Now we are reaping what we have sown. Until we face up to some basic facts and rebuild the foundations we will not live in the quality society we wish to.
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