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Free parking returns near train stop

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.

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