Student in Wheelchair Rides Blue Bull Bus, 1957 | University of Illinois Archives
A female student in a wheel chair poses on the lifting mechanism of one of the two Blue Bulls buses.
When students first came to the Champaign-Urbana campus, there were two transportation options available: push to class or schedule a ride with someone who had a car. In 1952, that changed when the "Blue Bulls," two buses with hydraulic lifts, made their debut. Seats on one side were removed to allow wheelchair access to the remaining row of seats and to accommodate storage. These buses laid the groundwork for accessible metropolitan transportation systems now available nationwide.
RS: 16/6/11, Box 4, Transportation, 1957
Image measures 25.3 cm WÂ XÂ 20.5 cm H