A city crew this week removed parking meters along Chicago Avenue near the South Boulevard CTA station in Evanston.

A decapitated parking meter post near the station this morning.

The meters, which had featured a 12 hour parking limit for commuters, were the focus of an Evanston Now story earlier this month.

The story, prompted by reader comments, noted that the recent installation of the meters had driven parkers away from the block, leaving it empty during prime commuting hours.

The South Boulevard station is one of two in Evanston that the Chicago Transit Authority is considering closing because of low ridership levels, as it develops long-range plans for modernization of the Red and Purple lines.

Signs posted on the block now indicate no restrictions on parking, other than an overnight snow route parking ban during storms and no parking for early-morning street cleanings during the warmer months. 

Parking Division Manager Rickey Voss this morning referred questions about removal of the meters to the chairman of the Transportation/Parking Committee, Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward.

An effort to reach Wynne by phone this morning wasn’t immediately successful.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Job well done to city

    Job well done to city officials who realized a problem and solved it without much fanfare.

    Where are the cynics now….

    1. A job poorly done

      A job well done?

      If Evanston Alderwoman Melissa Wynne had used better sense those parking meters would not have been placed there, especially as the city tries to convince CTA not to close the South station purple line.

      What did it cost the city to put those meters in and then take them back out within a few months? Is that a job well done? No it's a waste of resources and poor planning. Wynne didn't solve a problem: she fixed a problem she unnecessarily created. There's a big difference.

      I think Wynne owes an explanation to voters as why she wanted them there in the first place and why she initially did not return emails asking about the meters.

      BTW- RacerX, don't confuse cynicism with questioning authority. It's the democratic way.

      1. Thanks Al.

        No worries. I’m

        Thanks Al.

        No worries. I'm not confused.

        Sometimes the world is not all lollipops and sunshine. Most people, yes elected officials are people, make mistakes. And when they realize their mistake and make steps to correct the mistake, I think it's OK to give a positive acknowledgment to that person. Especially a elected official when in so many instances a wrong decision is never righted.

        Tell me you're not too cynical to allow for redemption of past mistakes….


  2. Home owners NEED this station

    Without this station in operation property values will decrease in south Evanston.  Commuters need it AND so do home owners.  We have a difficult enough time with the long walk to the Metra for potential buyers.  Closing S. Blvd.'s el stop would devastate home owners.  We can hardly convince buyers to buy now.  Without the el access we're dead.

    Thank you, Evanston, for making the right decision.

  3. South Blvd.

    This is a good step in saving the South B. stop.  Because of the increased distance that people might have to walk, I can think of no other stop on the line which would hurt the neighborhood more(if closed)?

  4. Free parking returns near train stop

    My husband and I recently moved to Evanston and the top reason that brought us here was that the South Blvd El was only a few blocks walk.  If that is closed, it will hurt so many of the people that depend on it daily.  It will also be a major factor in keeping prospective Evanstonians out of this SE part of Evanston.

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