Montreal's public transit has taken a huge hit since the beginning of the pandemic. Restrictions on the number of people in office towers and store closings have meant far fewer commuters. Combine that with a fear of transmission of the virus in public spaces and ridership is down more than three quarters. Some say that the system will not fully recover once the pandemic has passed. We ask the experts if we're heading towards a permanent change in public transit.
Guest(s) : Marvin Rotrand, Montreal City Councillor Paul Gott, Journalism Professor
CityLife examines issues that affect all Anglo Montrealers in an engaging and accessible way. Host Richard Dagenais and his team delve into politics, public transit, the environment, the economy, immigration, roadwork, social issues, culture and much more. Each CityLife show zeroes in on a particular subject or issue unfolding in Montréal, often with original approaches and creative coverage of local stories you may not find anywhere else.
HOST - Richard Dagenais was born, raised, educated and, continues to be employed, in Montréal. Twice nominated for ACTRA National Radio Awards, he works in Montréal television and radio as a host, anchor, reporter and writer. He is a singer, songwriter, and musician who has performed the anthems for the Expos and Alouettes. He's married with one son and two nutty dogs. He enjoys sports but hates going to the gym; he goes, but he hates it! He's got a blog and he tweets, too!
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - Paul has been involved in Montreal media for 40 years. He began in print, writing for the Gazette and other publications. He was a founding member of the Montreal Mirror and published the music tabloid RearGarde. He then moved to television where he started as Researcher and Assignment Editor at CTV. He went on to produce the evening news for both Global and CBC for a decade and a half. He also teaches Journalism at Concordia, works as a political commentator and fronts Punk band, Ripcordz.