Pay-by-phone parking coming to Route 59 station
Beacon-News Staff January 16, 2013 6:08PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 2:14PM
AURORA — Commuters will be able to pay for a daily parking spot from their smartphone at the Route 59 Metra train station starting in February, the city announced Wednesday.
The city has contracted with Parkmobile USA to offer a pay-by-phone option to commuters who park at the station’s 1,665 daily spaces. Commuters can create an account either on Parkmobile’s website or by using their phone to scan a QR code on signs that will be posted at locations throughout the station, the city said. Users will enter their credit card information for replenishing the account, similar to the I-Pass system used by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
Once an account has been created, commuters can download the Parkmobile app to their smartphone.
Parkmobile charges 55 cents per transaction, which would make the total daily parking fee $2.55 for commuters using the optional pay-by-phone service. Commuters who pay in cash or purchase a prepaid payment card will continue to pay the regular $2 daily parking fee.
The City Council approved the two-year agreement with Parkmobile in December with potential to extend the deal in the future.
The city is considering expanding the pay-by-phone feature to the Aurora Transportation Center downtown, city officials said. That change may come when the pay machine system is upgraded to be compatible with electronic payments, officials said.
Commuters interested in creating an account or seeking more information on the pay-by-phone option can visit www.parkmobile.com.