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article imageToronto Transit Commission: Drunk bus driver, Chairman uses cabs

By Andrew Moran     Mar 17, 2010 in Business
Toronto - Bad news continues for the Toronto Transit Commission as new City Hall records show that Chairman Adam Giambrone spent $3,000 on taxis and a bus driver was allegedly impaired, while driving the bus.
The Toronto Transit Commission has faced many problems within the last year as many transit riders are upset with the across the board fare hike, TTC operators sleeping on the job, executives giving spouses and their friends a nice salary and consistent delays or cancellation of transit routes.
However, the public relations of Toronto’s transit system is not looking any better as new reports show that TTC Chairman Adam Giambrone used $3,000 worth of taxicabs, while one bus operator allegedly hit the warning range on a breathalyser test.
According to office budgets released by City Hall this week, former Mayoral candidate Adam Giambrone spent $3,000 in taxpayers’ money on cab fares as well as dozens of TTC tokens and transit passes for his staff, reports the Toronto Sun.
In 2009, Giambrone used a taxi for a short ride from Bay Street and Queen Street to Bay and John Street. The TTC Chairman also used a cab ride in his ward to see the impact of last summer’s strike, while using a cab after he got off a streetcar after filming a call-in talk show for CP24 about public transit.
The TTC was billed about $600 and Giambrone, who is already given a monthly metropass, signed off on two monthly metropasses for a summer intern and several weekly passes. He also spent $256 in TTC tokens.
City News reports an internal investigation is being conducted after a female bus driver allegedly hit the warning range on a breathalyser test. TTC passengers had called police on Friday because of complaints they had of erratic driving. Police reported the bus operator was driving away from main routes and used side streets instead.
In August, the TTC will implement its substance testing that was approved a year and a half ago, according to the Toronto Star.
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