VIA restores Dreamliner bus honoring Rosa Parks legacy

SAN ANTONIO – VIA Metropolitan Transit will present its newly renovated dream liner bus to MLK March on Monday.

Last year, the 1966 Dreamliner had an engine overhaul, seat reupholstery, body work, window replacements, and a fresh coat of paint.

VIA’s Fleet and Equipment Maintenance department designed and manufactured some specially designed parts to fit the bus as spare parts were no longer available.

VIA Metropolitan Transit restored their vintage 1966 Dreamliner bus. (VIA Metropolitan Transit)

The Dreamliner was VIA’s signature car in the 1960s and 1970s and became a symbol of the civil rights movement, so it’s only fitting that it make its public debut at a march in honor of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1955, Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, sparked a Montgomery bus boycott, led in part by King. The movement helped bring about the desegregation of public spaces, including public transportation. VIA honors her legacy by installing a dedicated Rosa Parks seat on every bus.

In 1987, Parks attended the MLK March in San Antonio and rode a vintage 1950s VIA bus.

AT 2018 and 2019groups of Freedom Riders participated in the San Antonio march.

This year, marchers will be able to tour the “traveling museum”, take photos and learn more about the role public transportation has played in the civil rights movement.

VIA also provides free public transport to march and back.

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