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City to Provide $5 Free Parking Incentive to ‘Park Evanston’ Mobile App Users

Changes to street parking and surface parking lot rates in the City of Evanston will take effect on Friday, March 1 as part of the City’s 2019 adopted budget.

On March 1, the cost of parking at a two-hour parking meter or pay station will increase from $1 to $1.50 per hour. Rates for long-term meters in commuter parking lots will increase from 25 cents to 50 cents per hour, and 20-minute meters will increase from 25 cents to 50 cents. In addition, payment at parking meters and pay stations will be required on Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To encourage drivers to use the convenient Park Evanston mobile app, the City is offering $5 of free parking to app users who load their mobile wallet with $20. The offer is valid once per customer, March 1 through May 31, 2019. App users can load payments using a credit card or can do so in person at the City Collector’s Office in the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

In addition to paying for parking, drivers can also use the app to:

  • Track their parking history
  • Receive notifications and email receipts
  • Appeal or pay citations

Drivers using the Park Evanston mobile app pay a 35-cent transaction fee charged by the app vendor when paying for parking; however, the City will cover this cost for those who purchase the maximum amount of parking time allowed, typically two hours.

Drivers are reminded that parking for less than one hour remains free in the City’s three downtown parking garages. Parking for one to two hours remains $2. The fee structure for parking more than two hours in downtown garages has changed. Parking in downtown garages remains free on Sundays.

In addition to the parking rate changes, single-space parking meters in downtown Evanston and nearby business districts are being replaced with pay-by-license-plate pay stations. As pay stations are activated on each block, single-space parking meters are being removed.

On blocks with pay stations, drivers can pay for parking by entering their license plate number and completing payment at a nearby station or using the Park Evanston mobile app. There’s no need to display a payment receipt on a vehicle’s dashboard, as compliance is monitored electronically.

A summary of tax and fee changes for 2019 can be found at cityofevanston.org/budget/2019fees. For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.