Willow Springs, IL – (December 29, 2015) Beginning Monday, January 4, Metra riders in Willow Springs will enjoy the convenience of a new cashless parking system, PassportParking, which allows commuters to pay for parking via smart phone or tablet app.
“We’re very excited to be launching Passport in Willow Springs,” said Village Trustee Kathy Stanphill. “We look forward to making parking easier for Willow Springs Metra riders with Passport’s user-friendly mobile pay solution.”
Mobile pay coincides with Village’s opening of its new commuter parking lot, just west of the Village Hall. Finishing touches on the parking lot will occur in spring when additional walkways from the lot to the train platform will be installed, along with landscaping and a covering for the newly installed bicycle racks.
The new parking lot carries many benefits. Not only will commuters benefit from a short path to the platform, they no longer will have to cross over train tracks. By making it safer for commuters who now will not need to cross back and forth over railroad tracks, the Village expects to substantially boost the safety rating for its Quiet Zone initiative. In addition, the Village will save leasing payments on the former lot, located further north off the Cal-Sag Channel.
With the Passport launch, the cash box will no longer be available to pay for parking. Options remain, as monthly passes will still be available at Village Hall and daily riders may use any phone to call in their license plate to a Passport at a designated number posted at the lots.
This launch partners the Village of Willow Springs with Charlotte, NC-based Passport and Downers Grove, IL-based Total Parking Solutions. During the launch, parking validations will be provided to first-time users of the app. Users can get started by downloading the free PassportParking app for iOS or Android devices. Users can also register online at www. ppprk.com. The Parking Lot Zone Number is 60480.
Passport was selected to provide this mobile parking payment solution for Willow Springs after successful launches in over 20 Chicago suburbs, including Evanston, Oak Lawn, Skokie, and Oak Park. Passport also developed ParkChicago, Chicago’s mobile parking payment application.