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.”