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10/16/2013 4:20:00 PM
City Seeks Input on New Parking Meters and Pay Stations
Submitted by the City of Evanston

The City of Evanston is updating on-street parking equipment to become more environmentally and user friendly.  The new equipment choices are solar/battery powered single space parking meters and pay stations that accept both coin and credit cards, with the future   alternative option of payment with the use of a cell phone.

In order to ensure that residents, businesses and visitors have input on the type of device they prefer, 50 single-space meters and two upgraded pay-and-display stations have been placed in various locations for examination and testing. For your convenience, a meter location map is provided.

Patrons are invited to take a brief survey regarding the meter technology via text message at the telephone number posted at each location (standard text message rates may apply.) Alternatively, users may take the survey by phone at 3-1-1 or online at  The surveys will be open until November 5.

Input from the general public, and area businesses regarding which technology is preferred will help determine the type of equipment that will be implemented at most locations citywide. 

The timeline for total replacement of equipment is the end of March 2014

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: Terry Applebaum

I have never understood why Evanston cannot provide free parking to its businesses, citizens and visitors--all of which generate revenue for the City. Wilmette, Winnetka and other nearby communities manage to offer free parking, typically for two hours. When people must pay for street parking, they tend to become anxious, even annoyed over the minutes remaining, accuracy of the timed devices and the strong possibility of receiving an expensive ticket from a seemingly always present Evanston parking authority. In my view, this translates to lots of people who prefer to spend their time and money elsewhere. Too bad for us.

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