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The Future Of Work: Commuting After The Pandemic

Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
A quiet Union Station is seen on March 13, 2020, in Hartford. The transit hub services people traveling by buses, shuttles and commuter rail and has seen a drop in travelers since the coronavirus outbreak.

This is the first part in a series of shows from Where We Live about the future of work after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Connecticut residents are used to spending a lot of time commuting, whether driving on a highway, riding on a train to the city or taking the bus across town. But the number of drivers and ridership across all modes of transportation have dropped dramatically with stay-at-home orders and the closing of non-essential businesses.

This hour, with Connecticut beginning to reopen, what will the “new commute” look like?

Telecommuting has grown. Will remote work likely continue to expand beyond the end of the pandemic?

And we look at the impact of the public health crisis on public transit, including on residents who don’t have a car to get to their job.

Were you able to telecommute and do you hope you will be able to continue as the pandemic eases?


  • Russell McDermott - Program Director for CT Rides, a free program of the state Department of Transportation to help commuters find other options beyond driving solo to get to work or school 
  • David Lewis - CEO of Operations, Inc., a statewide human resources consulting firm *This note: Connecticut Public is CT Public Radio’s parent company. Its HR department has a contract with Operations Inc.
  • David Dudley - Editor at Citylab


Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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