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More features planned for parking meter app

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You’ll soon be able to do more with Evanston’s cell phone parking app, if the City Council approves a new contract for the service tonight.

City staff says the new service from Passport Parking would let residents pay parking tickets through the app and also purchase residential parking permits as well as pay meter fees.

In the future, Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons says in a memo to aldermen, residents could also use the app to make wheel tax payments.

The new ParkEvanston app is expected to launch next month and the parking ticket payment features are planned to go live in January.

A chart from a Passport proposal to the city showing how the system increased parking ticket payment rates in Omaha, Nebraska.

Since the online parking meter payment app launched in 2014, it has recorded more than 390,000 transactions and $640,000 in revenue for the city.

The Passport Parking system is used in more than 50 communities in Illinois.

Lyons says the new parking ticket management functionality is expected to save the city $60,000 a year and also reduce the fee that users face to pay a ticket online from $2.95 to $1.00.

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