Skip to comments.Chicago parking meters will be USA’s most expensive
Posted on 12/27/2012 2:20:35 AM PST by Olog-hai
Chicago soon will have the nations most expensive downtown parking meters.
On New Years Day, meters in the citys downtown Loop area will begin charging $6.50 an hourup from $5.75.
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That’s a lot of dimes.
Soon it will take longer to put the money in than the time it pays for.
Well does your city have a bunch of bad ideas that are costing your city a ton of money?
Well dont let that worry you. Just tax the people that come to your city for the privilege of coming there.
Dont give it a second thought that these exorbitant taxes may discourage these people from returning to your city again in the future. Yours is such a wonderful city that no matter how high these taxes become no other city could possibly lure them away.
And dont give it a second thought that these taxes could ever persuade tax paying corporations to relocate out of your city to another city or state. The advantages of the culture and education opportunities in your city will keep these companies and bring more despite the high tax burden.
Taxes are only a small cost of doing business.
Sure they are.
And just in case it isnt obvious
In the past I’ve enjoyed going to Chicago. Uno’s, The Pier,
Art and industrial museum a cubs game.
Hell with it, I’ll not go back.
I grew-up in NW Suburbs, Arlington Heights, and went to HS in Mt Prospect. Went back for my 20th HS reunion in ‘87, and couldn’t find the house I grew-up in, the place had changed so radically. Haven’t been back since. Chicago used to be a nice place in 50s, but is like Baghdad, now. Never again.
The meters even charge on a Sunday. The last time we went, due to multiple stops, I wound up spending $60 for parking alone. The Sears Tower was an awful experience. Dine on the 95th floor at the Hancock. Better view and much more civilized. You won’t miss the extra six or seven floors.
Rahm will have his paw in the basket for sure
To be fair, the parking deal was made by Daley in 2008. This rate increase is part of the '08 privatization agreement.
daley rahm, all part of the rat slush fund
26 quarters for an hour? Maybe they take credit cards.
The Chicago government is the New Mafia....it’s called extortion.
Will the state be increasing the allowances for those on welfare?
Maybe allow their EBT card to be used?
Will never spend another dime in Chicago.
Serves them right. For how many generations have they voted in favor of corruption?
I’m sure they take credit cards.
The rats sold the rights to the revenue from parking to a private company. I believe it was an Australian firm for 100’s of millions and promptly spent all that money on the union thugs that own the city.
They also sold the Chicago Skyway and used up that money too.
I wouldn’t trust the Chicago government with my credit card number.
How can that happen people?
You all ALWAYS tell me that when things are “privatized” and “market forces” are allowed to work, things become MUCH more efficient - hence cheaper.
You guys all tell me that’s why we need to sell off our highways, including freeways to Spanish companies that charge 30 CENTS PER MILE TO DRIVE, like the Governors of Texas and Indiana did (both idiot Republicans, by the way).
Yes, we can laugh at Democrat politicians that SCREW OVER their people by selling off public assets and handing over monopolies to private (often foreign) companies, but let’s also hold REPUBLICAN politicians, who do the same, accountable.
$6.50 per hour is almost half of some peoples hourly salaries.
Reason number 359 for not going into the city.
A nice summer afternoon near Diversey and LSD, a Chicagoan using his fist, smashed the side window of a parked car to steal a handful of CD’s.
If he was 0bama’s son, by the size of him,he sure took after the mothers side.
Something a few people know if you drive a car with tinted windows that are legal in other states and recently made legal in IL, Chicago still applies the old tint regulations to any car including out of state vehicles. It is a $250 find to tint. The tint law there is you cannot have any kind of tint on the front side windows.
I would not drive into Chicago these days with their outrageous parking rates and fines. And I have dark tinting on my cars as well. The crooks there can do without my money.
No problem, these take credit cards. Still, the funny part is, most women can’t seem to figure out how to work the parking meters, and we’ve had them for a couple of years. Every time I go to a lot with these meters, at least one meter has a woman (or group of women) standing in front of it for 5 minutes or more, because they don’t bother to read the instructions printed clearly in front of their eyes.
You’re supposed to tell the meter how much time you want, then put the money it. Instead, the ladies seem to always put the money in first, which just locks the machine up until they get smart enough to cancel the transaction and try again.
With these new rates will Chicago still find it necessary to mail out bogus parking tickets to people who have not been to the City?
I live in Arlington Hieghts too. I vowed never to go to Chicago again. Downtown Arlington heights is nice. Carlos and Carlos is a great Italian restaurant.
and when you see a road sign that says, “no trucks”, they mean pick up trucks too, no matter how small and if you’re driving your little S-10 on one of those roads, you will be fined the same as a semi.
It happened to me in the 70s(and a lot of other people too) I ignored the ticket but they count on a lot of people to just pay it. Quite a racket.
I haven't been in a long time but the Brookfield Zoo used to be worth the trip. I'm sure their entry fees have sky rocketed by now.
I live a little closer to the St. Louis Zoo - no entry fee.
I just looked up the ticket price, it would be $60 per day for my wife, me and two kids over 12 years old.
It was pop 40k when our Family moved to NJ, in ‘67; now it’s doubled and everything is built-up, everywhere. Totally unrecognizable. I won’t go back, either.
See the post before yours. The government doesn’t see the cc #s. they are far more corrupt than that.
As someone else noted, all this revenue goes to a private company now, not to the city. They sold the rights to the parking meters to that company for a cash payment up front in order to plug a budget shortfall. The city still collects from ordinary, non-meter related tickets, so they will probably have to double up on the fraudulent ones to make up the difference now.