CBC Windsor tackles transportation issues

Special series and town hall “Transporting a City”

CBC Windsor is exploring how people get from one place to the next in a special series and town hall “Transporting a City”, which launched today.

The three part series will explore the effectiveness of the city’s public transit system; examine the current and future state of bike paths; and ask whether a city whose economic roots are closely tied to the automobile sector will ever give up their vehicles.

On Wednesday, Early Shift host Tony Doucette will join CBC News Windsor host Susan Pedler to moderate a special town hall, where panelists will debate where the city should be investing its transportation dollars. Panelists include:

Kari Gignac – Chair of the Windsor Bicycling Committee and Bike Friendly Windsor Board member. She writes extensively about cycling in Windsor and Essex County.

Pat Delmore – Director of Operations for Transit Windsor.  He has recently presented a blueprint for future improvements to the bus system.

Andre Capaldi – President of the University of Windsor’s Student Alliance and a proponent of the bus U-passes proposed for inclusion in student tuition fees.

Ed Bernard – Chair of the Research and Development committee/Canadian Association of Mold Makers, with decades of experience in the tool, mold and auto industries.

“On the eve of the University of Windsor’s referendum about student bus passes, CBC Windsor wants to encourage discussion around the broader issue of whether the city’s current transportation policies work for everyone, including students” says CBC Executive Producer of News, Rob Miller. “Should Windsor be looking at encouraging people to park their vehicles, and get onto buses or bicycles, or should more money go toward road improvements?

“We want the people of Windsor to tell us how we should be transporting a city,” Miller said.

The public is invited to the town hall, Wednesday, March 7 at the Capitol Theatre. Doors open at 6:30, and the town hall begins at 7:00 pm. There is no admission charge. The town hall will be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC News at 6 and 10:55 pm and on cbc.ca/Windsor.

CBC Radio One is heard on 97.5 FM in Windsor; CBC Television is seen on Channel 9/Cogeco Channel 10; and online at cbc.ca/Windsor.