Bus driver abandons bus, strands passengers

Victor Bulario stands at the spot where his TTC bus driver left the bus and never returned, leaving...

Victor Bulario stands at the spot where his TTC bus driver left the bus and never returned, leaving 20 passengers stranded for almost 30 minutes the day before, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

TORONTO - Victor Bulario couldn’t believe it when he and 20 other passengers on a TTC bus were abandoned by their driver without warning Tuesday.

The 45-year-old self-employed man said the driver of an eastbound 32 Eglinton West bus was making “sharp turns” and filling out time sheets at red lights before abruptly pulling over around 1:30 p.m. at Eglinton Ave. W. and Trethewey Dr.

“He was kind of in a bit of a rush,” Bulario said Wednesday. “When he got to that intersection, he was doodling on the time sheet. And then he jumped out of his seat and got off the bus and looked around and he jumped on another bus and went home.

“He was talking under his breath about (another driver) coming.”

When the driver didn’t return — or a replacement driver arrive — after 20 minutes, Bulario called TTC customer service, who told him they radioed for a supervisor. But it was another bus driver, who had pulled up Bulario’s vehicle, who came aboard and called a supervisor.

A few minutes later, the bus was declared out of service and all passengers were asked to leave.

“My bus driver decided to not even wait, he just abandoned it and took off and assumed at some point, some other guy was going to take the bus,” Bulario said. “Guess what? Buddy didn’t show up, so now we have a bus with passengers and this guy didn’t even care to wait.


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