SuperMaxx
SuperMaxx

Why Supermaxx??

To provide the best possible public transport in the shortest possible time at the lowest possible cost!!

To be effective and make it transport of choice' for both commuters and general travel, public transport must be

FAST

  • Bus lanes on main roads and motorways
  • Priority at traffic lights
  • More express buses between transport hubs using motorway
  • No deviations from direct routes
  • More train services

FREQUENT

  • 10 minutes apart for most of the day on primary routes
  • Passengers in this day and age do not want to be bound by timetables. They simply want to know that if they miss one bus or train another will be along in 10 minutes maximum. More frequent services at peak times.
  • 24 hour services on Primary routes
  • Business people will use fast, frequent, and reliable public transport

REGULAR

  • Keep to timetable. 10 minutes apart means 10 minutes apart

INTEGRATED -

  • Buses and trains on Supermaxx co-ordinated with one easy unlimited travel fare providing the framework. Fast and easy loading and unloading systems.

FLEXIBLE

  • Easy and free interchange between buses and trains

COMFORTABLE

  • air conditioned
  • modern
  • clean
  • quiet
  • fast

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

  • electric or hybrid - noiseless and minimal emissions

AFFORDABLE

  • Lowest possible cost - must be more economical than private car

ATTRACTIVE

  • Comfortable, quality services marketed effectively to achieve maximum patronage.

PROFITABLE

  • It is possible with much reduced subsidy by moving to unlimited travel passes to maximise revenue and eliminating every unecessary kilometre travelled.

Moves have been made by Auckland Transport to fulfil some of the above criteria. The Northern Busway is of course a major success but is not properly integrated with local routes. Some progress is being made with bus lanes and priority signals at traffic lights. Much more could be done very quickly to develop these and lower the capital and operating costs as well as providing a vastly better service.
We can have a city wide integrated transport service! Auckland Transport's 'New Network' is not providing this.
We do not need ratepayers and taxpayers to pay over $328 million per annum in operating subsidies! (NZTA $176,500,000. Auckland Council $152,000,000 projected for 2019/2020 year.
We do not need the travelling public to be paying over $200 per month in many cases for travel!

AT PRESENT THERE IS ENORMOUS WASTE OF RATEPAYERS MONEY THROUGH INEFFICIENT USE OF CAPITAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES. THERE IS ALSO A HUGE EXCESS OF NOISE, EMISSION POLLUTION, AND CONGESTION.

Example: All Dominion Rd buses (except a few Flyover services) travel down Mt Eden Rd, Esplanade, and View Roads to Dominion Rd. For the sake of a few passengers who use the Esplanade and View Rd stops (all within 5-10 minutes walk of Mt Eden or Dominion Rds) the thousands travelling further down Dominion Road have 4-5 minutes added to their journey.
It wastes time, money, fuel, and causes extra totally unnecessary pollution and inconvenience.
THIS IS PURELY A MANAGEMENT PROBLEM AND CAN BE FIXED WITHIN WEEKS. This was brought to the attention of ARTA and the ARC in 2007 and Auckland Council and Auckland Transport numerous times since. It is still not fixed in 2020!

Supermaxx is the first step, providing a great leap forward in solving Auckland's transport woes with vastly better services and greatly reduced costs to both ratepayers and travellers. Combined with "Minimaxx" (extra cost $2) services door to door public transport, and 24 hour services will be available throughout Auckland from Henderson to Howick and Albany to Papakura for the first time ever. The complete Supercity area from Wellsford to Waiuku is included in the Regional area.

INTEGRATED TICKETING

Written in 2008. ARTA have signed an integrated ticketing contract with Thales. The capital cost has been reduced from around $80 million to around $59 million (partly if not wholly I believe as a result of an audit of the contract done by the Auditor General at my request in 2009.(I am still waiting for the 1% thank you payment from ARC for saving tax and rate payers $21 million!!). It is still a vastly over costed, over complicated system - even with a $21 million price reduction. In addition to the  capital costs annual operating costs will be $8 million.
Update October 2013. The total contract cost of implementation of the Thales system and maintenance for a few years is now quoted at over $100 million. It was supposed to be rolled out in 2012. It has been partially rolled out in 2013 and is functioning on the trains. It was introduced on Birkenhead buses and one other and has now been withdrawn owing to 'technical problems'. Implementation date unknown. (Novopay the 2nd!). It was quite bizarre to sit in on an Auckland Transport Transport Committee hearing in August 2013 where Lester Levy, Chair of Auckland Transport, and a number of his top officials were being questioned by the Transport Committee to hear Lester say that "he was frustrated as he was unable to ascertain exactly what the Thales system was capable of, his officials tell him one thing and other people tell him another"!. This was in relation to the cancellation of the $14 all day pass for tourists and the massive increase in some fares from the North Shore to Auckland.

SUPERMAXX INTEGRATED TICKETING CAPITAL COSTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE SUPERMAXX 10 MILLION DOLLAR SET UP COSTS ABOVE.

ONGOING ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE 10 MILLION ABOVE.

Cancelling the Thales contract now would no doubt be very costly - yet much cheaper than continuing to blunder on with the present contract - the sooner the contract is cancelled the less the costs will be! iN ANY CASE THE CONTRACT IS DUE TO FINISH IN 2026 AND SHOULD NOT BE RENEWED

THROUGH THE NON INTRODUCTION OF SUPERMAXX 13 YEARS AGO ARTA AND THE ARC, AUCKLAND COUNCIL AND AUCKLAND TRANSPORT HAVE COST RATEPAYERS AND TAXPAYERS OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN UNECESSARY RATES, TAXES, AND FARES.

  Over 300,000 tons of carbon have been pumped into the atmosphere totally unnecessarily.