Metra pay-by-phone plan set for March

By on February 8, 2013

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Metra commuters should be able to pay for parking with their cell phone by March 1, according to Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith.

Smith said that commuters, once they have registered with a company called Parkmobile, will simply call the company’s number and enter their code and parking stall number to pay for their parking. The additional charge to use the pay-by-phone system is $.55, with $.35 cents going to Parkmobile and $.20 cents to the credit card company for processing fees. Paypal will also be an option for payment.

The total amount to park will come to $1.80.

For commuters who use the train five days a week, the Police Department will offer the option of a three-month, six-month, nine-month and 12-month parking pass. The cost works out to less than the $1.25 commuters pay on a daily basis.

For example, a three-month pass is $76.25, which comes out to approximately $1.17 per day, given the average 22 business-day month. The cost of a 12-month pass is $240, making the cost per day approximately $.92.

Parkmobile will remain in charge of the administration and the money, and will reimburse the village for its portion of the fees on a monthly basis. There is no installation fee, and as long as the village maintains the contract with Parkmobile for at least one year, the service is provided to the village at no cost. If the village cancels the contract within the first year, there is a cancellation fee of $1,000.