Pay-by-phone coming for Chicago parking meters

March 10, 2014 6:01:11 AM PDT
Motorists will soon have a state-of-the-art mobile payment option for parking in metered areas throughout Chicago.

The new pay-by-cell program will be introduced as part of a pilot program in the downtown area this spring, and then rolled out throughout the City.

Drivers will be able to enter their meter number and amount of time into a smart phone application.

The program is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's renegotiated parking contract.

Last week, Emanuel announced that motorists and the city saved about $2.1 million in the last six months of 2013 under the revised contract.