To be effective and make it ‘transport of choice' for both commuters and general travel, public transport must be
- 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
- 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 and secondary routes
- Business people will use fast, frequent, and reliable public transport
- Keep to timetable. 10 minutes apart means 10 minutes apart
- Buses and trains on Supermaxx co-ordinated with one easy unlimited travel fare providing the framework. Fast and easy loading and unloading systems.
- Easy and free interchange between buses and trains
- air conditioned
- electric or hybrid - noiseless and minimal emissions
- Lowest possible cost - must be more economical than private car
- Quality services marketed effectively to achieve maximum patronage.
- It is possible with much reduced subsidy by eliminating every unecessary kilometre travelled and maximising patronage.
Moves have been made by ARTA to fulfil some of the above criteria. The Northern Busway is of course a major advance 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 do not need to wait until 2016 to have a city wide integrated transport service!
We do not need ratepayers to pay around $230 million per annum in operating subsidies!
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. it is still not fixed in 2013!
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 $3) 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.
COSTS - REVENUE - SUBSIDIES
Total set up costs including 200,000 photo ID Metro and regional Passes, route establishment, train and bus contracts, integrated ticketing etc. $10 million
ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS
Charter of all trains and 800 buses 290 million
Administration costs 10 million
PROJECTED ANNUAL REVENUE if 15% of population use "Supermaxx"
(Currently around 7% commute by public transport)
30 DAY PASSES
2,500 x $90 x 12 months Regional Passes 2.7 million
160,000 Metro adult passes x $70 x 12 months 134.4 million
10,000 Senior Citizens off peak metro passes x $50 x 12 months 6 million
10,000 Child/Student passes x $30 x 12 months 3.6 million
2,000 Senior Citizens/Student Regional Passes x $70 x12 months 1.68 million
7 DAY PASSES
1,000 Regional passes x $30 x 52 weeks 1.56 million
5,000 Metro adult passes x $20 x 52 weeks 5.2 million
20,000 student passes x $10 x 40 weeks 8 million
1 DAY PASSES
300 Regional Passes x $10 x 365 days 1.09 million
2000 Metro adult passes x $5 x 365 days 3.65 million
2 HOUR PASSES
2,000 x $2 x 365 days 1.46 million
TOTAL PROJECTED ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS 300 million
TOTAL PROJECTED ANNUAL REVENUE 169.34 million
TOTAL SUBSIDY REQUIRED 130.66 million
ARTA HAVE ALLOCATED $230 MILLION IN OPERATING SUBSIDIES IN THE 2013/2014 year.
SUPERMAXX SUBSIDY SAVINGS APPROXIMATELY $100 MILLION PER ANNUM
SUPERMAXX COST RECOVERY REVENUE - FARES TO SUBSIDY 56%
AUCKLAND TRANSPORT CURRENTLY RECEIVE AROUND 46% OF COSTS - WELL BELOW WORLD STANDARD
IF 20% OF AUCKLANDERS PURCHASE SUPERMAXX PASSES COST RECOVERY IMPROVES TO OVER 60%
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 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!
THROUGH THE NON INTRODUCTION OF SUPERMAXX 6 YEARS AGO ARTA AND THE ARC, AUCKLAND COUNCIL AND AUCKLAND TRANSPORT HAVE COST RATEPAYERS AND TAXPAYERS
** Approximately $300 million in unnecessary taxes for subsidies
** Over $200 million in excessive fares paid by medium to long distance commuters
** $100 million for a grossly bloated integrated ticketing contract
Over 300,000 tons of carbon have been pumped into the atmosphere totally unnecessarily.