City makes changes to improve parking, payment options


Marissa Martinez/Daily Senior Staffer

Cars parked in downtown Evanston. Drivers now have more options to park after Evanston made changes to availability, hours and payment options this week.

Marissa Martinez, Summer Editor

Evanston officials announced changes to parking services and payment options in a Tuesday release. People who pay a parking citation online will no longer face a $1 transaction fee. In addition, drivers will see more flexible parking hours throughout the city, and wallet transactions on the Park Evanston mobile app will no longer have an additional fee.

According to the release, drivers have used the app for more than 400,000 parking transactions since its 2017 launch. Previously, Park Evanston app users paid an additional 35-cent fee when they used the wallet function. Users can load funds into their wallet in $20 increments or use cash at the City Collector’s office at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. However, those who use the pay-as-you-go option will still face a 35-cent transaction fee.

Drivers are now able to purchase a monthly parking permit for $175 — allowing access to three city-owned garages in Evanston. Currently, they can park individually for up to five hours for $5 or less, while parking for under an hour is free.

Maximum evening parking times have also been extended outside the city’s business districts. Now, drivers can park for four or more hours after 5 p.m., an increase from the previous two-hour limit. Some daytime parking zone hours have also increased from two-hour slots to four- or 12-hour slots.

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