January 10, 2017 – Reserving an overnight parking pass in Oak Park just got easier for smartphone and tablet users.
In addition to paying at any parking meter or pay-by-space lot in the Village, residents and visitors now can also use the same convenient and easy-to-use Passport Parking app to secure an overnight on-street parking pass.
Users also can reserve passes online via a link at www.oak-park.us/parkingpass or by calling 708.716.0716 and following the automated phone system prompts.
Vehicle owners can request up to 10 temporary, overnight on-street parking passes per vehicle per month – three are free and the other seven are $7 each.
As with the current automated system used to pay for parking at meters and in lots, users requesting an overnight pass are required to enter a zone number regardless of whether they are requesting an overnight pass via the app, online or by phone. For an overnight pass, users will need to enter Zone 206, which encompasses all locations where on-street overnight parking passes are allowed.
Parking officials stress that passes are not valid along specific main routes, by parking meters or in areas with posted restrictions, such as in Village-owned lots, on-street enclaves and overnight parking zones where residents have purchased parking permits. Vehicle owners wishing to park on Washington Boulevard or Oak Park Avenue, for example, may have to park on a side street outside of an existing permit parking zone or not on a main route.
The individual requesting the overnight pass must be sure to check the signs and not park in a restricted area, including main streets. A map of restricted areas is posted at www.oak-park.us/zone206.
A key benefit of using the Passport Parking app, officials say, is that a user’s information remains stored for future use, whether to request an overnight pass or pay for a parking meter or pay-by-space lot in Oak Park. The app is available for free download to both Apple and Android devices.
The switch to a completely automated overnight parking pass system comes in the wake of a steep decline in the number of residents who call the Village directly to request a pass from an operator.
To ease the transition of those who relied on the old telephone system to get a pass, callers will still be able to reach a live Village operator from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. through January 30. Operators will explain how the new system works and answer questions.
Residents who do not have access to a smartphone or internet connection and would like help setting up an account via the automated telephone system also can visit the Parking & Mobility Services Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., or call 708.358.7275 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
More information about parking in Oak Park can be found at www.oak-park.us/parking.