A part of San Bernardino’s future honors the city’s storied past as one of Omnitrans’ newly delivered 60-foot express vehicles has been entered to participate in the 44th annual Black History Parade, to be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, February 2nd, along the heart of the sbX rapid transit corridor.
One of the nation’s oldest black history parades, the local event premiered in 1970, when Omnitrans was part of the San Bernardino Valley Transit Authority. Old Blue, the agency’s vintage 1958 GMC transit coach, has participated in past parades.
This year’s event will feature the New Flyer XN60, one of 14 purchased by Omnitrans, the last of which is scheduled to arrive in April. The 60-foot-long articulated vehicle will be part of the sbX bus rapid transit fleet, which is scheduled to start passenger service early next year. It will be the first public appearance for any of the new coaches on the corridor.
This year’s parade theme is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech given by the late civil rights leader on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963. For more information on the 44th Annual Black History Parade in San Bernardino, please visit the event site.
– David Rutherford
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THE NEW FLYER XN60
Click here for a detailed photo tour of the New Flyer XN60, the Omnitrans sbX 60-foot Bus Rapid Transit Vehicle which is scheduled to begin service in early 2014.