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WATCH: Driver of red light running TTC bus, no longer with company

A TTC bus is caught driving through a red light at the intersection of Ionview Road and Eglinton Avenue...

Newstalk1010 got our hands on a video showing the dirver of a TTC allegedly ignoring a red light, on Eglinton Avenue, near Ionview Road.

As we learned last week, the driver had to swerve to avoid a pedestrian, who had already started to make their way across the road on the crosswalk.

The time stamp on the video doesn't match the weather conditions outside, so, nearest we can figure, is, the time stamp on the camera has been improperly set.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross says he was first made aware of the incident on Tuesday, July 22nd. He says the traffic incident happened on Monday around 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Eglinton Ave. and Ionview Road.

Ross told Newstalk1010 on Monday, July 28th, the driver of the bus is no longer with the TTC, but he wouldn't say if she was fired or quit.

He also says the investigation into the matter is closed.

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  1. dama posted on 07/23/2014 07:05 AM
    Video clearly showed that bus driver ran a red light.. the small sedan already stopped on the line..

    Dangerous, being a pedestrian ..
  2. Frankie posted on 07/23/2014 08:54 AM
    I've seen buses run red lights on Eglinton near Avenue Rd. and reported it to TTC. Guess they don't care.
    1. tanjo posted on 07/23/2014 11:47 AM
      @Frankie Time for the obligatory apology and the unspecified disciplinary action against the driver.
  3. Jack posted on 07/23/2014 09:36 AM
    If the bus had hit the pedestrian, what would it matter to the union responsible for these drivers? It would just be one more crash and one more injury amongst the thousands they have every year; the lives of peasants are of no concern to the mighty ATU.
    1. Ian posted on 07/23/2014 12:15 PM
      @Jack Welcome to Ontario, where your voice, your opinion, your happiness and even your life only matter if you're part of a union. Everyone else is expendable.
  4. Ziggy posted on 07/23/2014 09:37 AM
    Sure the bus goes through on the red;but holy smokes where do these people come from that don't know to look both ways before crossing the street?
    1. tanjo posted on 07/23/2014 11:40 AM
      @Ziggy On second view, I do notice the hand up to the ear. But it does look like he/she did see the bus and stopped just in time.
    2. Jason posted on 07/23/2014 12:09 PM
      @Ziggy Honestly! I agree with you.
  5. forestdude posted on 07/23/2014 09:43 AM
    Clearly, both buses ran that red light. But the second bus even slowed down, and cruised through the intersection like a Sunday Driver......
  6. MrMarbles posted on 07/23/2014 10:20 AM
    You can see the frustration of the pedestrian at the 26 sec mark. He's either pissed that the bus ran the red or that the driver would rather burn a red light than pick up a paying customer or both.
  7. Ingrid posted on 07/23/2014 10:32 AM
    And I'm sure if the bus showed up two minutes late to a stop someone would be sending in a video of the "late bus". Just sayin'.
    1. tanjo posted on 07/23/2014 11:37 AM
      @Ingrid Being late to a stop can be justified. Running a red light and almost killing someone cannot.
  8. tanjo posted on 07/23/2014 11:35 AM
    Thank GOD that pedestrian was paying attention. Otherwise the driver would be facing criminal charges as well as being fired.
    1. Ian posted on 07/23/2014 12:17 PM
      @tanjo The TTC are going to "review this incident carefully," which means they'll sit on their hands for a few days and then regretfully inform us that they were unable to identify the driver. The Liberal Provincial Police will then shrug, say "We did all we could," and the driver in question will be free to continue endangering the safety of everyone on the road while drawing a nice fat paycheck from our tax dollars.
    2. dama posted on 07/23/2014 12:32 PM
      @Ian Heard the interview that Jerry Agar did with Brad Ross and the lady driver is away today, so TTC will do an internal interview with that driver,, Bard stated that driver clearly ran the red light and it was GREEN when pedestrian was crossing..

      So, I think this driver will be punished, the seriousness of running a red light might warrant firing would a suspension without pay and driver's training be good enough for the people?
  9. john posted on 07/23/2014 03:28 PM
    overpaid underworked whiner union asshole almost ran over a human ? send that thing back to there mother ship and send her back the plaint it came from .
  10. Mark posted on 07/24/2014 06:58 AM
    Idiot piggy driver probably has a long history of bad driving. I guess the TTC will wait until he kills someone before he is punished by giving him a paid week off.
  11. Dean posted on 07/28/2014 01:47 PM
    Good, the driver is no longer with the TTC. That's very comforting.... until you realize that standard union practise is to just shuffle her to any of the other companies whose jobs the Amalgamated Transit Union holds hostage. That's how they work: this chucklehead's entitlement to a job for life, regardless of how badly she screws up, is more important to the ATU than public safety.

    Maybe she'll turn up again in Brampton, or Guelph, or who knows where else. Maybe her next job will be driving a bus in York Region, our neighbours to the north. The streets of Toronto may be a little bit safer, but in one of those places, they're about to get a bit more dangerous.
    1. tanjo posted on 07/28/2014 02:44 PM
      @Dean I don't know. That was pretty bad. Wasting money is one thing, but I think even the Unions draw the line where public safety is concerned.
    2. Ian posted on 07/28/2014 03:16 PM
      @tanjo As far as any union is concerned, the "public" part of "public safety" begins and ends with a union card. Anyone who isn't part of a union is a lower form of life to them.

      Guaranteed, Dean's right. That driver is going to turn up again like a bad penny, probably after putting someone in the hospital or worse, the morgue.
  12. frankie posted on 07/28/2014 02:43 PM
    If she worked for the police dept., she'd be suspended with pay pending the outcome of a traffic charge if one was even laid.

    It's encouraging that the TTC is quickly weeding out risk takers who should not be driving TTC vehicles.

    At the police dept, however, we have someone charged with second-degree murder working with crime stoppers. Can the police dept. thumb its nose at the law in any greater way?
    1. dama posted on 07/28/2014 03:00 PM
      @frankie I think it is due to the Police Services act that allowed susoended office to collect a salary while waiting or the trail, so the act prevents them to be fired immediately until proven guilty..

      The Police Services Act needs to be changed to prevent office in getting their salary while waiting for trail.. The TTC has no such provision.. alos, you have a tape that showed clearly the driver ran a red light hence Union stewards were not able to protect that driver..

      and that is just my opinions..
  13. Frankie posted on 07/28/2014 02:55 PM
    It was less than a year ago that a TTC bus driver killed a female pedestrian in Scarborough near Eglinton and Midland. These drivers need to be fired and lose their commercial license if they're found guilty.
    1. Ian posted on 07/28/2014 03:13 PM
      @Frankie They should have their driver's licenses revoked permanently, after a jail sentence of course. Once they're forced to rely on public transportation, they'll see what a toxic presence their former co-workers are.
  14. justsaying posted on 07/28/2014 04:45 PM
    wow - seems so many people want to throw the driver under the bus. But when Rob Ford is Drunk at City Hall, people say "Give him a break." Seems Rob gets more breaks than anyone I know! Sure the guy ran a red and he shouldn't have. And that is grounds for dismissal (maybe at the TTC). Shame that trying to keep a bus on time, nearly killed someone, and cost the driver his job. Still, the anti-union rhetoric says to me that there are lots of unappreciated people out there. (feeling hard done by and that the big bad unions are to blame for your lame lot in life...otherwise, why complain you bunch of crybabies? Lame.
    1. Mark7 posted on 07/29/2014 02:32 AM
      @justsaying Again you are alone and take the part of the insufferable prick. Your comment is ludicrous at best. ALL drivers who run red lights should have their licences revoked for a 10 year minimum. There is NO excuse for it, EVER!
    2. justsaying posted on 07/29/2014 09:03 AM
      @Mark7 Mark you r intolerance and ignorance is only exceeded by your insufferable douceyness. So, you have never run a red light in your life by accident or maybe thinking you could make the yellow? You've never seen a cab, a two truck a streetcar, any vehicle do this?

      And therefore, if you think this way and are so absolute in your resolve, then you should have called and endorsed Ford's resignation when the Crack Scandal began....yet you still support him. Throw a single mom bus driver under the bus, but allow a millionaire entitled clown to smoke crack in the Mayor's office. You have some strange notions of justice dude.
    3. Frankie posted on 07/29/2014 09:26 AM
      @justsaying You're right many people drive through a red light. This person is given a commercial license responsible for passengers. She was also a new hire on probation. The video clearly shows how far back she was when the light turned red. If that's how she respects her job she doesn't deserve another position at TTC where she may be just as disrespectful of the rules; that's what probation is all about.

      Too many TTC drivers go through red lights as though they're immune from consequences.
    4. Ian posted on 07/29/2014 10:10 AM
      @Frankie They ARE immune from consequences; that's what a union job IS. A paycheck and gold-plated benefits for life, regardless of how badly you screw up or how much you DON'T DESERVE a single cent of it! And of course, with no threat of being fired for poor performance (or in this case, a near-miss with manslaughter) nobody has any incentive to improve their performance or even do their job properly.
    5. justsaying posted on 07/29/2014 10:23 AM
      @Ian I totally agree that action needs to be taken against this driver - and she was Fired! So why are you saying she has a guaranteed union job for life. Her kids won't have food now because of this. Grow some compassion along with your "Anything I Don't have, I am against" attitude
    6. Ian posted on 07/29/2014 04:15 PM
      @justsaying She was let go from the TTC, but she's still in the Amalgamated Transit Union. The ATU have their greasy fingers wrapped around the throats of more municipalities than just Toronto; they've monopolized all job openings in the York Region Transit system, as well as Brampton Transit that I know about for sure; probably they've got other bus companies held hostage too.

      As sure as the sun rises in the East, this menace to the roads will find herself employed by one of those other companies, with her gold-plated benefits intact. Apart from the minor inconvenience of learning new routes, she will effectively face no consequences for breaking the law and nearly killing someone.
  15. Frankie posted on 07/29/2014 07:56 AM
    Cry me a river Bob Kinnear!

    Why mention the errant driver is a single mother while claiming she deserves another chance? What about the family of the pedestrian a TTC bus driver killed in Scarborough this past year? No second chance there Bob Kinnear. Commercial drivers are supposed to be better than private car drivers yet we routinely see TTC drivers run red lights. I've emailed the TTC with details and never received an acknowledgment despite requesting it so it makes me wonder how seriously they take such matters.
    1. Dean posted on 07/29/2014 09:19 AM
      @Frankie Bob Kinnear is a scumbag who has never cared about single mothers. Otherwise, he never would have approved the York Region Transit Strike of 2011-2012, where 40,000 innocent people in York Region were left completely stranded for four months; people who depend on transit precisely because they CANNOT AFFORD any other form of transportation; people like single working-class moms.

      And he certainly wouldn't have had the gall to call that act of mass extortion "Sticking up for the little guy."
    2. tanjo posted on 07/29/2014 03:15 PM
      @Frankie Did her REALLY say that ?!! Where?

      How can a single mother with kids drive like that? Is she trying to orphan them? Does she do that when she drives her own kids?

      Sorry. No sympathy.
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