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Buster the Bus

Buster is taking a leave of absence for a few months, and we will not be able to accept any appearance requests at this time. Please check back with us in October 2015.

Many San Antonians remember the VIA Buppets from the 1980s, and Buster was the first of the bus-shaped puppets to help the new transit agency reach out to the community. The Buppets appeared in television commercials and at public events to promote the benefits and ease of riding public transportation.

Buster is now VIA's official life sized mascot and he is going strong! He makes public appearances regularly and has hobnobbed. and rubbed shoulders with such famous local personalities as Rey Feo, H-E-Buddy, and the Spurs Coyote.

Buster visits schools, community events, special functions, and other neighborly gatherings to keep spreading the message that riding the bus is fun and safe.

Contact VIA If you would like to schedule Buster to make an appearance at your community event.

Buster Appearance Request Guidelines

Buster's Appearance & Requests

  • All requests must be received at least two (2) weeks prior to the event.
  • Appearances are generally not scheduled earlier than two (2) weeks prior to your event date to ensure mascot availability.
  • Buster's appearance does not exceed 30 minutes maximum at any one event.
  • Buster's appearances are limited to events taking place within the VIA service area only.
  • Buster does come with his own Buddy to assist and guide him around.
  • Buster does not march or walk in parades due to costume design constraints.
  • Buster does not speak.
  • Buster reserves the right to cancel an appearance at any time due to schedule changes, illness, emergencies, inclement weather, etc.

Buster's Requirements

  • Event coordinator is asked to provide a reserved parking space for Buster's Van.
  • Event coordinator is asked to provide a changing room for Buster. Restrooms are not acceptable.

Buster's Confirmation

  • Final confirmation is achieved only after Buster's Coordinator contacts you by phone or email to discuss the event in more detail and finalize the appearance.
  • Because Buster receives multiple, competing requests for appearance community-wide, VIA cannot guarantee the appearance time requested. Our goal is to assist as many schools, organizations, and requestors as possible.

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