One advantage of living in a tourist town was that Daytona Beach and surrounding cities needed to provide transportation for visitors. Buses appeared on city streets not long after cars did.
Robert Martin sent The News-Journal an excellent photograph of part of the Little Black Bus fleet that moved passengers around the Triple Cities: Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze in the late 1910s and 1920s.
“Ride in the little black bus between Daytona and Daytona Beach. We run on time, rain or shine. Leave Daytona post office on hour and half hour,” the bus line’s ads in the 1919 Daytona Morning Journal promised passengers. The service operated until around 1928, when Daytona Motor Lines gained the city’s exclusive bus franchise.
Daytona Beach ran separate buses for Black and White passengers but combined the services with segregated seating in 1950. After 1956, the city stopped requiring Black passengers to sit in the back of the bus.
— Mark Lane
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This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Historic local photos: Bus travel in earlier days