Homewood Approves Dealer Agreement to Manage Payment for Suburban Park Parking

When Homewood takes over the station parking lots in January, commuters will have a familiar tool for making payments after the board approved a deal with ParkMobile to continue offering digital payment services. (Eric Crump / HF Chronicle)

With Homewood slated to take over parking lots for commuters in 2022, the village council has approved a service agreement with ParkMobile, which will provide commuters with a payment method for parking.

The state legislature passed legislation earlier this year ending Chicago’s Southern Suburban Transit District, which had managed suburban lots at several southern suburban train stops.

The law transferred the ownership of the following parking lots to the village: the Harwood lot, a new lot north of the Amtrak ticket office, and the south lot on Park Avenue. Depending on the village, the district uses ParkMobile as a payment method for commuters and it makes sense for the village to continue with this service.

According to a village document, ParkMobile is a parking payment service used across the country, providing both on-demand and reservation services. Those looking for a parking space can pay for a space using a phone app or on the ParkMobile website. The company provides signs in parking lots that tell customers how to pay for a space. Customers who do not wish to pay with ParkMobile options can use a credit card at a payment terminal.

The village will continue to provide paid daily and monthly parking for commuters and will also use the parking lots to provide free public parking on weeknights, weekends and during events. This means that for the first time, the bundles will be available for customers who shop and eat downtown. Parking will be enforced by the police department, who will work with ParkMobile on how to verify that customers have paid.

The board will vote on an updated fee schedule on December 14 to reflect the fees that will be charged for new parking lots.

Related story:
Unanimity: the legislature votes to dissolve the public transport agency; Homewood takes control of lots at the station (June 22, 2021)

Village officials have not said what the fate of the old pay-per-view system will be when Homewood takes over operation of the suburban lots at the station, but the deal with ParkMobile means a digital option will be available. (Eric Crump / HF Chronicle)

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