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Oak Park Approves Pay by Phone Parking Agreement

App will allow users to create an account to pay for public parking for a convenience fee of 35 cents in Oak Park.

Village officials Monday approved an agreement to offer pay-by-phone parking that will allow customers to use a mobile app to pay for—and add time to—public parking in Oak Park.

The village solicited requests for proposals for the service at the end of 2012, and chose Passport Parking from the two vendors that responded. Passport Parking allows users to pay for parking with their phone for a convenience fee of 35 cents per transaction. The second vendor offered a service that would cost users 40 to 50 cents per transaction, according to a village staff memo. 

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Customers would download an app the first time they use the service and create a PIN to use in all future transactions.  

The service will also send customers an alert when their time is about to expire and allow them to add time from their phone. 

The village will need to spend $1,500 on parking enforcement equipment a $900 monthly service fee and about $2,000 in signage costs for the program, but revenue generated from the service should offset the expense, according to the memo.

Oak Park businesses can also offer parking validation or discounts through the service, Jill Velan, interim manager for parking and mobility services in Oak Park told village trustees at a July board meeting.

The service has been implemented in neighboring communities including Glenview, Brookfield and Downers Grove. 

Oak Park's agreement with Passport Parking expires December 31, 2015.

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Riley Mockler August 21, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Oak park should not charge to park in their shopping district lots. Why would anyone pay to park/shop in oak park when you can go to oak brook or Schaumburg that's why we don't have a marshal fields any more. Now we have "sleepy's mattress warehouse" moving in great decisions.
Charlotte Eriksen August 21, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Thanks for commenting, Riley! I personally don't want to drive the extra miles to OB or Schaumburg when I can take 5 min. to get downtown. It does cost a bit, which takes getting used to.
Tom September 27, 2013 at 09:54 AM
So, another "should" in regard to offsetting cost. Look at the Whiteco project on Lake and Harlem, the empty lot on Forest and Lake... All still working at a loss to taxpayers and we're sold as the cure for whatever ails Oak Park. These are numbers folks, they either do or do not offset the costs. There is no "should"

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