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With a handful of aldermen finally getting their wish to bring back paid metered parking on Sundays to retail districts in their wards, Gapers Block has an op-ed piece strongly critical of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s remix of the parking meter lease deal.
Writer Rachel Anspach goes after all the usual suspects of unpopular changes in last year’s revision of the much hated deal including the extended enforcement hours and free Sunday parking.
But she also hectors the mayor about his reluctance to join either of the two lawsuits filed against the meter lease deal which are slowly winding their way through the courts.
The nice people at WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift asked that oddball character the Parking Ticket Geek, to come down to their swanky Navy Pier studios to talk parking issues Tuesday afternoon.
The discussion ranged from the newly launched ParkChicago app, restoring paid Sunday meters, street cleaning and general tips on how to fight Chicago’s parking tickets.
Thanks to Niala, Kathy, Joyce and the entire Afternoon Shift staff for inviting the Geek down. It was a lot of fun.
Have a listen.
Here’s a rundown of some of the questions and answers on this new fangled parking meter mobile payment app called ParkChicago.
Q: How does ParkChicago work?
A: Check out the video above for the general lowdown on this new payment method.
But generally, it’s like IPASS for metered parking. You resister an account, give them credit card info, add $20 to your account and you’re ready to go.
When you want to park you logon, type in the meter box number on the sign and your license plate number and you’re paid up and ready to park.
Q: Where can I download the ParkChicago app?
In a few select blocks of the West Loop, Chicago Parking Meters LLC, will debut its new ParkChicago mobile payment system in a pilot test starting Tuesday.
In a small area with just 279 metered parking spaces between Halsted Street and Racine Avenue, and bordered by Madison and Monroe streets, drivers will be able to test drive the ParkChicago app to pay for their metered parking remotely using any iOS or Android smartphone.
“We’re conducting a pilot to gauge feedback from motorists before rolling it out across the city,” says CPM spokesman Scott Burnham. ”
The technology makes paying for parking much more convenient for motorists by eliminating the need to pay for parking at the pay box or have to place a meter receipt on their dashboard. Drivers can pay for parking or extend parking time from anywhere using a smart phone, iPad or similar tablet computer.
The app even has a built-in timer to remind drivers 10 minutes before their time expires to allow them to add more time or get back to their car before the meter expires.
With the announcement that some neighborhoods are going to see switch back to paid parking meters on Sundays, it seems some drivers are miffed at the idea according to DNA Info.
Right now, in most areas of the city–excluding downtown and the more general Central Business District–motorists can park for free on Sundays in metered parking spots.
But, some aldermen on the North Side have been trying for the past year to bring back paid parking on Sundays due to businesses in heavily congested retail areas complaining about the lack of parking turnover.
But Alderman Michele Smith Changes Position To Keep Free Sundays Meters In Most Of Lincoln Park.
Nearly a year after Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised some neighborhoods could keep paid Sunday parking meters, he introduced an ordinance at Wednesday’s City Council meeting that would do just that.
Portions of neighborhoods like Bucktown, Lakeview, Wrigleyville, and Jefferson Park will be seeing a switch back to paid Sunday metered parking perhaps as soon as May. The proposed ordinance needs to make it out of the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety and into the full council for a vote.
There are a few minor changes to times of metered parking on Sundays which would have meters operating from 10 AM until 8 PM. In addition, metered areas which wraparound from a commercial street onto a residential street will still remain free.
But the ordinance seems a long time coming. This time last year, Emanuel was pressing City Council members to accept his renegotiated parking meter lease deal to give the city the ability to control costs from streets closures and other issues which allowed Chicago Parking Meters, LLC to bill the city millions of dollars for lost revenue.
NBC 5 reported on the recent outbreak of parking meter vandalism which erupted on the North Side last week and interviewed a few people to get their thoughts.
Not that surprisingly, most people were not very sympathetic. In fact, one gentleman was supportive of the vandals destructive efforts.
A parking meter vandalism spree has erupted on the city’s North Side five years after Chicago’s parking meter system officially transferred into the private control of Chicago Parking Meters, LLC which spurred a similar rash of meter vandalism back in 2009.
The Chicago Police Department reported Thursday at least 13 pay boxes were damaged using a heavy blunt object or tool in the Lakeview, Wicker Park, West Town and Andersonville neighborhoods. The damage has been severe enough to disable the units from working properly.
Back in March of 2009, in what seemed to be an angry reaction to a highly unpopular parking meter lease deal, which caused parking meter rates to quadruple, parking meters across the city were smashed, spray painted and lit on fire.
In the subsequent five years traditional single head parking meters were replaced by multi-space parking meter pay boxes and the mood of drivers cooled. But apparently some motorists may still be harboring frustration with the hated deal and parking meter rates which rank as the highest in the nation.
After nearly a year of dragging his feet, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has finally relented to begin the process of restoring paid parking meters on Sundays in a small number of North Side wards.
On Monday, responding to the frustration of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and their constituent businesses with the city’s slow response to restore paid Sunday parking in their area, a city spokesperson has announced Mayor Emanuel is allowing his free Sunday meter policy to change in certain neighborhoods.
“While we believe the vast majority of Chicagoans are pleased with free Sunday parking in neighborhoods that the Mayor was able to provide with the renegotiated parking agreement, we understand that three out of 50 aldermen prefer to restore paid Sundays in certain areas where the businesses/residents support it,” said Department of Finance spokesperson Kelley Quinn. “To that end, as promised, we intend to introduce an ordinance in April that will combine the requests of the few aldermen who requested paid Sundays be restored.”
Savings? What savings?
Dumke takes readers through a quick review of Chicago’s infamous parking meter lease deal and then skillfully dismantles the Mayor’s boast about saving drivers money in a recent piece on the Reader’s website.
He also skewers the consulting firm given the no-bid contract to study all these issues by challenging the lack of methodology of the firm’s study and complete lack of data in order to support it’s contention drivers “saved” over $2 million dollars the last six months of 2013.
Here’s Dumke’s full story in the Reader, “Chicago meter money keeps flowing to private investors.“