Torbury Mezzo Terminal Layout Plan
The much awaited Torbury Mezzo Terminal is now scheduled to be opened on February 18, 1962, previously scheduled to be opened in 1960. This will solve the long-term problem of overcrowding at Mezzo Loop, a minor bus loop just across from the new terminal.
First, some history of the loop.
* 1936 - Human Transit Corporation (HTC) introduces Routes 3 (Greenfields), 4 (Mezzo), and 6 (Pine Forest: rush hour services). Planners are concerned where to terminate these routes. An on-street loop is impractical as streets surrounding the terminus are quiet residential streets.
* 1937 - HTC decides to build a minor bus loop just south of Promenade Mezzo at Huntington Road North, to service customers from north-west part of the City. The loop was decided to be named Mezzo.
* 1938 - Details of the loop were discussed. HTC could not finance a construction of a loop, as the account balance then was less than $120,000. However, needs for a minor bus loop is increasing, and therefore, HTC decides to build a small loop with 2 platforms and 1 bus shelter.
* 1939 - Mezzo Loop began its construction on what was then Ma Choi Hang Crescent, and was completed and opened the same year.
* 1942 - 1948 - A number of routes are introduced and are also looped into Mezzo Loop.
* 1949 - Mezzo Loop handles over 2220% customers more than its designed capacity (64 waiting passengers). The overcrowding issue is brought to HTC's attention immediately due to customer complaints and the unreliability of the bus schedule due to buses are waiting for clearance at the loop to unload / load customers.
* 1950 - HTC decides to invest $200,000 building an extra bus shelter and a terminal building capable to handle 640 passengers, as an upgrade to Mezzo Terminal. The overcrowding problem is slightly relieved, but a long-term plan must be taken. Thus, Mezzo Loop becomes the first and the only bus loop with a terminal building.
* 1952 - HTC negotiates with the city to acquire a piece of land west of Huntington Road North, just across from Mezzo Loop for the construction of a new terminal to handle the immense bus traffic and passengers. HTC invests over $1,500,000 in this project.
Also in the same year, there were many passengers injury and deaths leading to many controversies. Passengers were crossing between platforms to exchange for buses while unaware of incoming and outgoing vehicles.
* 1954 - The City of Torbury approves the plan, due to the rapid development in that sector of the city, with many new high rises building in the area, increasing traffic and danger to passengers.
* 1957 - The construction for the terminal began, and it was announced that the opening date to be in 1960.
* 1959 - The construction was postponed indefinitely due to conflicts with contractors. Meanwhile, the design of the terminal was re-vamped.
* 1960 - After several negotiations with the contractors, construction was resumed, and opening date proposed to be in 1962.
* 1961 (now) - Mezzo Loop continues to suffer from heavy delay, BUT Mezzo Terminal is coming along nicely, and scheduled to be opened on February 18, 1962.
The master layout plan for Torbury Mezzo Terminal (made for public use):
Figure 2. The master layout plan for Torbury Mezzo Terminal. The one blurred out to the right is the former Mezzo Loop, to be closed on February 18, 1962.
All services will be relocated to the terminal across the road, featuring 8 platforms for drop-off and pick-up, an enlarged passenger waiting area, dedicated passenger crossings, railways laid for future inter-city train services, proposed busway and dedicated platforms for Sprint, our future bus rapid transit plan to be discussed later, a park-and-ride lot, and a pedestrian bridge to access the railway services in the future.
Figure 3. The state of constructions at Mezzo Terminal as of 1959.
Figure 4. Another look at the state of constructions of Mezzo Terminal in 1959.
Figure 5. Stats about Mezzo Loop in 1959. The loop can handle 672 passengers at one time, but it is now operating at more than 1.5 times of its capacity. The loop hosts 11 routes/branches, reaching practically anywhere across the city.
The current state in 1961 of the terminal are currently unavailable for public displays. You are welcomed to visit the site. Currently, Promenade Mezzo Vesper between Huntington and Oxford is closed due to the necessary elevation of the roadway for the terminal constructions.
You shall be ensured that by the next entry, we will have the complete terminal in display and reports about terminal usage.
And that's all!
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