Bring more change for the meter


New, higher parking meter rates go into effect today in Evanston.

City officials expect the increased rates, approved by the City Council, to generate about $675,000 in additional revenue for the city.

Rates for two-hour meters downtown are rising from $0.75 to $1 per hour. These meters generally need to be fed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new rate matches the hourly rate for parking in the city's three downtown garages.

Rates for two-hour meters in neighborhood shopping districts are rising from $0.50 to $0.75 per hour. Those meters operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rates for 20-minute, 30-minute and three- and four-hour meters at various locations around town are also increasing, and rates for all-day meters also are increasing.

If you ride the Metra, you're also facing fare hikes averaging about 25 percent today. Details on that here.

New sanitation service charges also go into effect in Evanston today.

Monthly rates for a 65-gallon cart rise from $6.95 to $7.95, as do rates for an extra cart and the per-unit condo charge. Rates for a 95-gallon cart increase from $9.95 to $14.95. 

The increases, approved by the City Council, are designed to make the city's solid waste fund self-supporting and to encourage more recycling. Sanitation fees are included in bi-monthly city water bills.

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