OC Transpo is investigating anonymous online video evidence of bus drivers appearing to run red lights at an intersection in downtown Ottawa.
On April 30, someone posted a video on YouTube showing 22 instances of buses running red lights. OC Transpo received the video on May 1, said general manager John Manconi in an email to councillors and city staff.
The video appears to have been shot from a parking lot on Slater Street just west of Metcalfe Street, facing the intersection.
Text in the video says the footage was shot on five "random days" between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. The video says some of the footage was shot before the fatal bus-train crash in Barrhaven, and some of it after the crash.
The video calls bus drivers "irresponsible, rude, crude, lazy and unaware," among other things. It also questions the work of Dian Deans, who chairs the Transit Commission.
Manconi hopes to meet author of video
"I absolutely reject the video’s characterizations of our drivers, our organization and our [transit] commission," Manconi wrote.
Manconi said he sent a message to the person who anonymously posted the video, asking to meet to discuss the issue and ask questions, such as when exactly the footage was shot.
"Without a better understanding of what the video purports to show (in terms of times, dates, camera angle, etc.), I can only remind you and the public that our organization has checks and balances ensuring that safety is a priority for all of us," Manconi wrote.
In his note, Manconi added examples of those "checks and balances" such as training and mentoring, communications with operators, on-street monitoring of operations through transit supervisory staff and special constables, GPS systems and multiple customer contact points and progressive disciplinary action when warranted.