Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday new changes to Chicago’s controversial parking meter contract.
Mayor Richard Daley enraged drivers by leasing the parking meters to a private company before he left office; since then the cost of street parking has skyrocketed, and meter enforcement has expanded to 24 hours a day.
Today, Emanuel announced meter parking will soon be free on Sunday’s in Chicago neighborhoods, parkers will be able to use their cellphones to pay the meter and the city has settled a long running billing dispute with Chicago Parking Meters LLC.
The company claimed the city owed $61 million due to special events, routine street maintenance and disabled parking.
Emanuel said the settlement saves the taxpayers $1 billion.
The entire proposal will now go to the City Council.