Evanston Weighs Replacing City Parking Meters

Evanston's old school coin operated parking meters. Photo credit: The City of Evanston

Smart meters or pay and display kiosks?

That is the question.

At least that’s the question for the City of Evanston.

According to Evanston Now, the city is looking to replace their current old school coin operated parking meters. But now they have to decide on whether to go with smart meter (essentially a parking meter that accepts both coins and credit/debit cards) or a pay and display machine, like the City of Chicago has on its streets.

Evanston is pilot testing both options.

In the meantime, Evanston Now has an online poll for readers to choose their preferred method of paying for metered parking. Currently, the results are split close to 50/50.

If you decide to take a trip to Evanston, it will set you back a whopping $1 per hour to park there.

And don’t even think of not feeding your meter. Because an expired meter ticket in Evanston will cost you an whole $10–it used to be just $5 until it went up in 2012.

Here’s Evanston Now’s full piece, “Meters or kiosks — which would you prefer?

2 Responses to Evanston Weighs Replacing City Parking Meters

  1. nonya says:

    I’ve seen smart meters in downtown evanston for at least a couple years. still dumb ones outside of downtown though.

  2. Jeff says:

    Evanston has installed Chicago style pay and display meters on Church Street near downtown, right in front of my favorite Thai restaurant. Of course, this being Evanston, they also installed a curbside bike lane, so that meter payers have to cross an active bikeway when going to and from the meter. An avoidable accident waiting to happen.

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