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Pay stations replacing parking meters

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Evanston is continuing its transition to pay-by-license-plate parking with the addition of 80 new parking pay stations downtown and in other business districts.

Over the next several weeks, about 1,000 single-space parking meters will be replaced with the pay stations. As pay stations are activated on each block, the  meters will be removed.

On blocks with pay stations, drivers can pay for parking by entering their license plate number and completing payment at a nearby station. There’s no need to display a payment receipt on a vehicle’s dashboard, as compliance is monitored electronically.

Drivers can skip the trip to the pay station or meter by using the Park Evanston mobile app, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, which allows users to pay for parking and extend their time remotely. The app can also be used to track parking history, receive notifications and email receipts and appeal or pay citations.

The Park Evanston app can be used on most city blocks with paid parking, as indicated by Park Evanston decals on pay stations and meters. Users can load payments online using a credit card or in person at the Collector’s Office in the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

A 35 cent convenience fee applies to parking charges paid using the mobile app; however, the city waives the fee for drivers who pay for the maximum time allowed, typically two hours.

Pay-by-license-plate stations are already in place in the 1500 through 1700 blocks of Sherman Avenue downtown.

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