"Supermaxx" is an effective, low cost, affordable, integrated, public transport system for Auckland which could be introduced within six months and which:-
- Vastly improves service, convenience, and affordability
- Meets the needs of today's and tomorrows commuters and off peak travellers
- Dramatically lowers costs to both ratepayers and passengers.
- Minimises emission and noise pollution (removes approximately 50,000 tons of carbon per annum from the atmosphere).
- Minimises waste of capital and human resources
- Services all main residential, commercial, and entertainment centres in Auckland Supercity area from Wellsford to Waiuku including Auckland International Airport.
- Provides Primary, Secondary, Local, and Regional Services
- Primary bus routes provide services every 10 minutes for most of the day Monday - Saturday and 5 minutes at peak times. 20 minute services evenings and sundays. Hourly through the night. 24 hour services at last!
- Combined with MINIMAXX licenced shared ride mini buses (extra fare $3) from transport hubs provides door to door service within the area bounded by Albany and Papakura, Henderson and Howick.
- Utilises current equipment to minimise capital expense and delays in implementation
- Designed to be used with kiss and ride, park and ride, cycle and ride, shuttle and ride, and walk and ride facilities. (Over 80% of Auckland's population is within 15 minutes walk of Supermaxx.
- Encourages people to use public transport with consequent major reduction in pollution, congestion, fuel imports, and household costs.
- Provides unlimited travel on Supermaxx train and bus services, and the Devonport ferry, within the area between Albany and Papakura and Swanson to Howick
- $2 2 hour pass (From first to last boarding)
- $5 1 day pass
- $20 7 day pass
- $70 30 day pass
- $90 30 day Regional Pass covering all buses and trains, and Devonport Ferry, in the Supercity area from Wellsford to Waiuku
Developer of the "Connoisseur Express" luxury rail service in the South Island (1998) past operator and driver of tour coaches, Merchant Navy officer, private pilot, and enthusiast for fast, efficient, eco friendly, and economical transport of of people and goods by bus, coach, rail, bike, foot, and private car combining the best of public and private transport.
Member of Auckland Council CBD Residents Advisory Group
Supermaxx for a Super City
This edition prepared October, 2013
Original edition April 2006
Second edition April, 2009
Third edition October, 2010
The concept of Supermaxx started when Banks was Mayor last time around determined to plaster a motorway across Ngataringa Bay as part of the Eastern Corridor. My original concept was simply to operate trains every 10 minutes between Downtown and Panmure with connecting buses every 10 minutes to Pakuranga, Howick, and Botany Downs - that was the perfect Eastern Corridor. 7 years later and we still have not achieved even that basic objective - but the concept of "Supermaxx" has grown to cover all of the Supercity.
The entire Auckland Regional Council and Auckland City Council plus most of the councillors in the Manukau, Waitemata, and North Shore City Councils were made fully aware of "Supermaxx". Clark, Cullen, and Hodgson were kept up to date with it. Key, Joyce, and English were given the proposal in November, 2008, just after they were elected. Joyces last communication (December 2009) was to tell me to shut up - or in officialise "this correspondence (in regard to Supermaxx) is now brought to a close"!!
IT IS LONG PAST TIME THEY EITHER PROVED THE CONCEPT UNWORKABLE OR IMPLEMENTED IT!!!! IT WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF THE PEOPLE DEMAND IT.
SKYCABS - THE FUTURE OF ARTERIAL TRANSPORT IN AUCKLAND, WELLINGTON, AND CHRISTCHURCH!!
THE SKYCAB SYSTEM.
Passenger cabs with a capacity of 8 passengers operate on demand in both directions riding under a monobeam with up to 6 second frequencies. Cabs come off the main beam into stations as required allowing cabs to further destinations to pass without stopping.
ONE SKYCAB MONOBEAM OPERATING IN BOTH DIRECTIONS CARRIES THE SAME NUMBER OF PASSENGERS AS A FOUR LANE MOTORWAY.
** Vastly cheaper and faster than light or heavy rail to introduce.
** Little or no land aquisitiion costs
** Operates above arterial roads removing buses and bus lanes from the roads.
** No disruption to traffic flows at rail crossings.
** Each pillar has a minimal footprint of 1.5 metres.
** Much cheaper to operate than trains. Incorporated into Supermaxx unlimited travel passes.
** Vastly increased frequency. Available 24 hours aday with a frequency of up to 6 seconds between cabs. Maximum projected waiting time of up 1-4 minutes.
** Offers panoramic views of the beautiful Auckland Harbour and city as it operates above the arterial roads and around the waterfront.
** Beam: Width 0.6 metres. Height 0.8 metres
** Span between beams: 30 metres
** Height above ground: 9 metres
** Height of cab inside: 2.5 metres
** Average speed 60 km/hr. Top speed. 80 Km/hr
** Minimum headway (distance between cabs) 6 seconds
** Capacity: each cab 8 passengers seated plus room for bicycles, baggage, and/or wheelchairs.
At peak operation 4,800 passengers per hour in each direction - equivalent to 100 buses!
JOURNEY TIMES CITY TO AIRPORT
Auckland: From ferry building 24 minutes
Wellington: From Railway Station 10 minutes
Christchurch: From Cathedral Square 12 minutes
POTENTIAL SKYCAB ROUTE IN AUCKLAND
Ferry building, Queen St, K Road, Park Road (hospital), Newmarket, Manukau Road, Royal Oak, Onehunga, Mangere Bridge, Airport.
POTENTIAL SKYCAB ROUTE IN WELLINGTON
Railway Station - Lambton Quay - Willis St - Manners St - Courtenay Place - Basin Reserve - Hospital - Constable St - Kilbernie - Airport.
POTENTIAL SKYCAB ROUTE IN CHRISTCHURCH
Cathedral Square - Worcester St - Museum - Botanic Gardens - Hagley Park - Riccarton Rd - University - Ilam Road - Memorial Avenue - Airport
SKYCABS IS A NEW ZEALAND SYSTEM DESIGNED BY HUGH CHAPMAN IN 2000. IT HAS WORLD LEADING TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICE WITH HUGE EXPORT POTENTIAL. IT IS ALREADY PATENTED IN MANY COUNTRIES. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE WWW.SKYCABS.CO.NZ
There are at least 30 major cities around the world which recognise the advantages of these new technologies over rail (light or heavy) and are waiting to see the first proven system to introduce to their cities. Why not develop this New Zealand system, use it ourselves, and export it to the world? Most of the Skycabs components and systems can be made in New Zealand.
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY APPOINT AN INDEPENDENT PANEL OF COMPETENT ENGINEERS TO EXAMINE THIS, AND OTHER NEW TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES. PROVIDED SKYCABS STACKS UP THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY FUND EITHER
A. A TEST TRACK. Approximate length 200 metres. Approximate cost $7 million
B. A DEVELOPMENT TRACK - three options would work
1. Rainbows End - Manukau Mall - Council building - Manukau Rail Station
2. MOTAT Gateway - Zoo - Aviation Park
3. Wynyard Quarter - Viaduct Harbour - Ferry Building
Other new technologies being developed include
MISTER - (Metropolitan Individual System of Transportation on an Elevated Rail.) is an alternative new technology system designed by Olgierd (Ollie) Mikosza. Ollie is now a New Zealand resident and this country is in the unique position of having both leading new technology transportation systems in New Zealand and becoming world leaders in this. See www.mist-er.com for details. It is tragic that we are governed by NOVACS (No Vision, no Ability, no Courage) at both local and central government level.
ULTRA - is functioning at Heathrow Airport but is not suitable for roll out across the city.