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Evanston street signs — and an app on your smartphone — may soon tell you how many parking spaces are open in downtown parking garages.

That’s part of a proposed wayfinding signage program for the city that’s scheduled to be reviewed at a joint meeting of the Transportation and Parking Committee and the Economic Development Committee tonight.

Consultants hired by the city for the signage project say the presentation of real-time parking availability data to consumers can increase parking garage visits by up to 5 percent and substantially reduce auto exhaust emissions now created when drivers cruise the downtown area looking for parking spots.

Three suggested design options for wayfinding signage.

The consultants will also be ask the panels to choose from among three different design concepts for a variety of types of signs.

The options range from contemporary to traditional and include color schemes that try to pick up on different aspects of the city’s environment.

A packet that includes additional examples of the proposed sign designs is available online.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Room 2200 at the Civic Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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