SuperMaxx
SuperMaxx

Supermaxx Overview - access full brochure from home page.

Letter sent to Mayor Goff, all Auckland Council Councillors, and Board of Auckland Transport 05 February 2020. See below the overview

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"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 hours 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

Prepared by
Stephen Greenfield

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.
Past member of Auckland Council CBD Residents Advisory Group and Auckland Council Central City Advisory Board.

Supermaxx for a Super City

Original edition April 2006

Second edition April, 2009

Third edition October, 2010

Fourth edition May, 2017

Updated February, 2020

The concept of Supermaxx started when Banks was Mayor between 2001 and 2004 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 - that was the perfect Eastern Corridor. 16 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 from Wellsford to Waiuku. Banks would have nothing to do with any sensible and workable solution to congestion - quite apart from his prevaricating around the issues of the Auckland volcanoes and finally giving in to confiscating the rights of all Aucklanders to an equal share and responsibility for the mountains under Crown Ownership. I tried to educate him a number of times during his 2 terms (second term 2007 - 2010) as Mayor without success - maybe it had something to do with his part in destroying a $4 million a year contract for my business when he was a National Party cabinet Minister between 1990 and 1993.

The entire Auckland Regional Council plus all Auckland City Mayors and Councillors plus most of the councillors were made fully aware of "Supermaxx" in 2007 when the first full proposal wwas presented. Clark, Cullen, and Hodgson were kept up to date with it. Key, Joyce, and English 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"!! 

MY CHALLENGE TO THE POLITICIANS AND AUCKLAND TRANSPORT HAS ALWAYS BEEN
1. Prove Supermaxx will not work and meet the claims I make for it.. OR
2. Come up with something better..OR
3. Implement it

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.

SKYCABS ADVANTAGES

** 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.

TECHNICAL DATA

** 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 ON PAPER THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BUILD A TEST TRACK - PROJECED COST ABOUT $18 MILLION. New Zealand could be world leaders in new technology pblic transport - but we need more forward thinking politicians.

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LETTER SENT TO MAYOR GOFF AND ALL AUCKLAND COUNCILLORS, 5th February 2020

05 February, 2020

Mr Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland All Auckland City Councillors

Dear Mayor Goff and Councillors,

AUCKLAND PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Welcome back. I trust you are reinvigorated and committed to providing the best possible public transport in Auckland this year reducing fares, subsidies, congestion, and pollution, and increasing revenue and service. The inner city is increasingly dysfunctional and about to get worse, congestion and pollution are increasing, financial hardship is becoming more of a burden on many people, and carbon emisisons are increasing. This matter is urgent as the world becomes more unstable economically, politically, environmentally,aand socially.

On the 1st February 2019, I wrote to those of you in the last Council asking you to seriously consider, and implement, the benefits of SUPERMAXX unless you can prove my claims for it are wrong. Regrettably you have done neither. SUPERMAXX can be rolled out across Auckland within 6 months at a cost of less than $1 million. Once it is fully implemented savings will be at least $2 million per week!

Failure to implement SUPERMAXX in the past year has:

1.  Cost Auckland Council and NZTA over $100 million in excess subsidies. (Over $1 billion since first presented in 2007) 

2.  Cost the commuters of Auckland a similar amount in excess fares paid to Auckland Transport

3.  Caused massive extra congestion in the city through poor network planning by Auckland Transport

4. Caused at least 25,000 excess tons of carbon to be emitted.

5.  Failed to address the issues of public transport access to the airport, congestion in the inner city, and cross city travel.  

Unlimited Travel Passes provide a huge incentive over time, distance, or zonal fares and are much more economical to operate. Every scenario I look at under the SUPERMAXX template for projected usage produces at least $100 million extra revenue per year using unlimited travel passes - counter intuitive I know but true. An example of the expected revenue for unlimited travel passes in SUPERMAXX is in the attached brochure. Auckland Transport's fare increase is a disincentive to public transport use and totally unnecessary. 

The SUPERMAXX network requires 300 less buses to operate saving $60 million per annum in operating costs but provides more capacity through better network planning and scheduling. 300 less buses on the road saves 25,000 tons of carbon per annum. It is completely hypocritical to declare a 'climate emergency' and not take the steps available now to reduce emissions. Wellington will have 42 electric buses (including double deckers) by 2021. Christchurch and Tauranga have 3 each. Auckland has 2 with no firm plans to increase them! 

The following table provides a comparison between Auckland Transport new fares from 09 February, 2020 and Supermaxx fares.

AT One Zone:.. Supermaxx monthly savings  $14

Auckland Transport Cash $3.50.. Hop  $2.. 10 trips $20..  42 trips $84.. 

Supermaxx.... 2 hours $2.00.. 1 day $5..   7 days $20..  30 days $70                                                           

AT Two Zones:.. Supermaxx  monthly savings  $79.10       

Auckland Transport Cash $5.50.. Hop $3.55..   10 trips $35.50.. 42 trips $149.10 

Supermaxx.....2 hours $2.. 1 day $5.. 7 days $20.. 30 days $70                                         

AT Three Zones:..  Supermaxx monthly savings   $140 

Auckland Transport Cash $7.50.. Hop $5.. 10 trips $50.. 42 trips $210

Supermaxx 2 hours $2.. 1 day $5.. 7 days $20.. 30 days $70                                       

AT Four Zones:.. Supermaxx Monthly savings    $145

Auckland Transport:  Cash $9.. Hop $6.40.. 10 trips   $64.. 42 trips $215*

Supermaxx: 2 hours $2.. 1 day- $5.. 7 days    $20.. 30 days $70 

AT Five Zones:.. Supermaxx Monthly savings..    $145       

Auckland Transport:.. Cash $10.50.. Hop $7.60..  10 trips $76.. 42 trips  $215 

Supermaxx:..            2 hours $2.. 1 day $5.. 7 days $20.. 30 days $70 

*Based on AT calendar monthly unlimited travel passes. Some variations between AT and Supermaxx boundaries apply 

AT fares based on normal commuter use of 10 trips per week. Supermaxx passes provide unlimited travel for 1, 7, or 30 days. $2 for hours from first to last boarding. 

AT FINANCIALS     Information supplied by Auckland Transport 20 November 2019 for the 2019/2020 budget. 

Operating costs for contracting buses and trains in Auckland..........................$537,300,000 

Paid for by: (Millions) Fare Recovery $189.3.  Auckland Council subsidy  $152.. NZTA subsidy $!76.5.. Other $19.5. Total      $537,300,000

Reducing the fares increases the revenue, lowers the subsidy, and helps the financially struggling. Combined with a highly functioning Supermaxx network and more frequent schedules it is not unrealistic to aim for 15% (or more) of the population regularly usding public transport for commuting. Extrta buses will be needed but the costs do not increase at the same level as the revenue and subsidies required would be further reduced. This proposal also hugely decreases congestion and pollution. 

I ask you to consider this proposal seriously and I will be delighted to meet with you individually or collectively to discuss it 

Yours sincerely 

Stephen Greenfield

Auckland Transport Consultancy.