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Kate Lowe and Janet Smith discuss potential O’Hare Express Train on Chicago Tonight

Janet Smith and Kate Lowe Speak on Chicago Tonight

After publishing their opinion piece on the potential O'Hare express train, Kate Lowe and Janet Smith continue to be skeptical of the plan while discussing it on  WTTW-TV's "Chicago Tonight."

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On February 15th's  “Chicago Tonight” featured a segment with Kate Lowe, UIC assistant professor of urban planning and policy, and Janet Smith, UIC professor of urban planning and policy and co-director of UIC's Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, who discussed the prospects of an O’Hare-Loop express train and their concerns over privatization of public transit.

“For urban planning and transportation researchers, it’s all about translating our academic research into policy,” said Lowe. “It’s frustrating to see a project move forward that’s unnecessary and even potentially harmful, when there are so many needed investments. We wanted to change the conversation. I perceive this as a vanity project for Mayor Emanuel. What we need to do to enhance prosperity in Chicago is make growth more inclusive.”