ALERT!: Downtown Pay & Display Meters On The Fritz

DEVELOPING: The Chicago Tribune is reporting, many of the newly installed, downtown Pay & Display payment stations are not working.

Approximately 125 of the 556 machines are not printing receipts. So people are paying, but without payment receipts to display on their dashboard, people could be ticketed.

Chicago police have been instructed NOT to ticket at meters downtown today.

Here’s the story: New downtown parking meter pay boxes not working today

Mayor Daley must be thrilled.

UPDATE 4:00 PM: Allegedly, it was closer to 200 Pay & Display machines that were out of order today.

15 maintenance people were on the scene and allegedly will have the situation under control by 4:00 PM.

All ticket writers, including PEA’s were instructed not to issue any parking meter violations in the Central Business District (Loop) at roll call this morning because of the debacle.

UPDATE 5:30 PM: According to the Trib’s Clout Street blog, Avis Lavelle, newly minted spokesperson for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, says all 250 inoperable pay boxes have been fixed and ticketing should have resumed as of 5 PM.

However, DOR spokesperson Ed Walsh says Ticketing will resume as soon as we have substantiated that all of the equipment is operational.”

11 Responses to ALERT!: Downtown Pay & Display Meters On The Fritz

  1. ADM says:

    Okay, so Chicago Police have been instructed not to ticket at downtown meters, but does the same apply to Dept. of Revenue employees and LZT’s privately contracted meter readers?

  2. ADM says:

    Excuse me, LAZ, not LZT.

  3. Ticketmaster says:

    Hello ADM,

    Management informed us this morning during roll call not to write any meter tickets in the CBD (central business district).

  4. Illinois Patriot says:


  5. Now LAZ owes the City for lost ticket revenue. Oh, wait, since there was only 72 hours to review the deal nobody bothered to put that in the contract I’m sure.

  6. DoR Employee says:

    This is until further notice as directed.

    Traffic Management was also apprised of this , although they were issuing for expired pay receipts still.

  7. So if you forgot to remove an old receipt because you couldn’t get a new one you got a ticket from the traffic maids? Nice

  8. DoR Employee says:

    If you leave an Old ticket in your window thats expired…yup…thats your fault.

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