"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!


Latest proposal herewith updated May 2017
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** 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.


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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    Failure to implement Supermaxx in 2007 has now cost Aucklanders over $2 billion - half in excess operating subsidies, and half in excessive fares. Now the council has implemented a 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. Trying to put light rail down narrow congested Dominion Rd is madness! It must stop.


    Phil Goff was first introduced to Supermaxx in 2007 as an MP and a number of times since including during his time 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. It is time for change. John Tamihere expressed enthusiasm for Supermaxx when I first put it to him but has since refused to engage with me and explain his reasons. His double deck bridge does not make sense and the only part of his policy planks so far that makes sense is to sack the entire board of Auckland Transport! There must be someone better somewhere. The congestion on the Auckland Harbour Bridge on September 02 highlighted the lack of resilience in the system and the chaos that ensues when the main artery is closed. There is a simple and much better solution to rebuilding in the present location. Keep the current bridge and extend the life as far as possible. Tunnel (4 lane traffic - electric buses only) from the bottom of Stanley Street to Bayswater then bridge (elevated part way for pleasure craft passage) from Bayswater to join SH1 north of the Onewa Road interchange.There must be a separated walkway and cycle way on the city side to connect with Sea Path and Skypath to provide walking/cycling/scootering facilities from Bayswater (connections from Hauraki, Takapuna, and Devonport with connections to ferry) to the inner city. Turn the northern part of Shoal Bay into a fabulous aquatic centre. Provision of this option will provide an alternative north/south route to the Harbour Bridge and greater resilience in the transport system, declutter traffic in Spaghetti junction and the inner city, and enable residents in the eastern suburbs of Parnell, Orakei, St Heliers, etc to get to the North Shore more easily and residents of North Eastern Suburbs to get to the city and south easier. I estimate that it will reduce traffic on Lake Road by at least 20%. How long would this take? With competent leadership and the will it could be functioning within 6 years. The Bayswater to SH1 section within 3 years. How would it be funded? Implement Supermaxx and you have a saving in current subsidies from City Council and NZTA of over $200 million per annum x 6 years $1.2 billion dollars available at no extra charge to ratepayers/taxpayers and a much better public transport system.


    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 project 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 prejected to take 45-50 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.


    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. Auckland now has just over 1 million activated HOP Cards. If just one third of these were on SUPERMAXX monthly passes revenue would double but costs would stay the same. Fares to commuters would reduce by two thirds and subsidy costs would reduce by over $100 million per annum.!!! Commuters travelling within 1 zone currently pay $$79.80 for an average of 21 days use per month on a hop card. Moving to a SUPERMAXX monthly pass of $70 would save them 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. Commuters currently travelling 3 zones pay $203 for an average of 21 days. Under Supermaxx they would pay $70.
    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 announced by Auckland Transport 25th January 2019 is iniquitous, unnecessary, and damaging.It is the action of a totally incompetent Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. The entire Council along with the Board and senior management of Auckland Transport should be fired. Supermaxx will DECREASE FARES 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 network shows the paucity of knowledge and ability in their transport planning. Wellington could also enjoy a Supermetlink network and a $70 SUPERMAXX pass for 30 days anywhere between Paekakariki and Upper Hutt as northern boundaries and the South Coast or $90 from Waikanae or Masterton to the South Coast.

    CENTRAL RAIL LINK - Heading for $5 billion dollars. Good to see some realism coming into cost assessments which now are for at least $4 billion. (Herald 26 January, 2019). No doubt it will be close to $5 billion by the time it is finished and there is no money to pay for it. The powers that be still refuse to examine Skycabs as a potential much better and much cheaper alternative.


    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. Creative solutions are needed to make the CBD area a vastly better place to live, work, shop, and play.

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    I believe our economy and social fabric are disintegrating, in part because of world events, in part because we are not addressing the 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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    I applaud the tenacity and vision of the creators of Skypath. But while NZTA muddles along and the implementation dates stretches into the future it should still be possible to walk the harbour bridge this summer!
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    We are not victims of our own success Mayor Brown, as you stated on the 10th September, we are victims of the gross incompetence of Auckland Transport and Auckland Council!

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