Update Saturday: The driver is “no longer an employee of the SFMTA,” Muni spokesman Paul Rose told KTVU yesterday.

Friday post:

On some perverse level, this is a pretty awesome story, if only for the sheer bureaucratic befuddlement of it all….

Earlier this month, a bus passenger videotaped a Muni driver texting while driving, confronted her, and was unceremoniously kicked off the bus. He complained to the transit agency, which suspended the driver before announcing they would move to fire her.

Last night, KCBS reported that the same passenger who originally blew the whistle was shocked to find her behind the wheel again yesterday.

Watch the video report here.

From KCBS:

Higgins said he called Muni officials immediately and was told it couldn’t possibly be the same driver.

“I was starting to doubt myself a little bit because Muni was trying to convince me that it wasn’t true, that there was no way she could be driving,” Higgins said.

CBS 5 contacted Muni and the transit agency admitted that it was the same operator behind the wheel. But officials said she wasn’t supposed to be there.

“Are you kidding me? It was her then. I knew it was her. I called them and they said it couldn’t possibly be her driving,” Higgins said. “I am so upset right now, I can’t believe that.”

John Haley, Muni Director of Transit Operations told CBS 5 the driver will be fired. He is not sure if Thursday was the only time she was driving a bus during her suspension.

This morning, KTVU reported that the driver has been ordered to attend a hearing today that would decide her final fate.

We have a call out to Muni now…

Bus Driver Caught Texting While Driving No Longer With Muni 23 April,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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