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Credit-Card Reading Meters To Be Fully Installed This March

More than 1,200 credit-card reading meters will be installed around the city by March 17.

Come March, Evanston residents can finally leave their change at home.

Crews have installed more than 200 credit-card reading parking meters around the city so far, and officials plan to finish replacing all of the city's coin-only meters by the end of March.

The city contracted with Duncan Technologies last year to provide new, credit-card reading single-space meters on the streets and to replace single-space meters in city lots with pay stations, according to a city memo. 

By December 2013, Duncan Technologies had installed 148 single-space meters in various business districts, and the city had received a delivery of 1,200 single-space meters, according to the memo. Crews will resume installing the meters in February, with the goal of completing the process by March 10. 

Multi-space pay stations are expected to be delivered on march 10 and installed by March 17, according to the memo. Installation will begin with the busiest districts downtown, move to the southern business districts and conclude with the northern business districts. 


Beth Wyatt January 28, 2014 at 01:28 PM
I like these SO much better than those stupid boxes that you have to run back and forth from and put the ticket in your car. But the ones I've used in Evanston are excruciatingly slow when you try to use a card. What kind of network are they on? It takes forever for them to verify your card. Or maybe it just felt that way in -6 weather.
jim January 28, 2014 at 01:42 PM
The Meters that take cards on Davis are different then the one in the picture.
Patch Reader January 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM
What worries me about these is that as soon as you can use credit cards, the parking prices seem to skyrocket. $6 an hour now in downtown Chicago? They could never charge that if people had to dig for 24 quarters. Living in Evanston is expensive enough - I hope this isn't an excuse to gouge us more.
jim January 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Patch you can use coins or credit cards in the one I used on Davis. But I know what you mean about raising parking fees. The parking meter fund appears to a slush fund for the city with millions in it.
Jordan S. Zoot January 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Wouldn't it be great if the City extended the placement of the meters to all of the residential streets in Evanston and made the meters 24 hours a day. As a downtown residents some of us get screwed if we don't own a house by NOT being able to get resident permits and having to deal with the meters all the time. Its only fair that the pain be shared...such that if you live in North Evanston on a residential street off of Central you should have a meter in front of your home just like I do. Raising the rate to match Chicago would be another brilliant idea.

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