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Chicago commuters can make mobile payments for parking

April 5, 2012

Chicago commuters can now make quick and easy mobile payments when they leave their cars in one of the 14 Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) parking lots.

Chicago commuters can now make quick and easy mobile payments when they leave their cars in one of the 14 Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) parking lots. CTA officials recently announced a new cashless system that facilitates mobile credit card processing and also accepts mag-stripe credit or debit payments and cash.

Drivers can use the system when they download a mobile application to their smartphones. The Parkmobile platform can be linked to users’ credit or debit card accounts for remote transactions, or drivers can pay for parking fees by calling the company’s phone number, which is posted at each parking lot.

When paying for parking, drivers will need to provide both their parking space and license plate numbers. The company will then use the account information provided to process the transaction. Additionally, commuters will receive alerts via text message when the time they have paid for is about to expire.

CTA president Forrest Claypool expects the new contactless payment system will improve customer service. The transit department is also working on an open-fare payment system similar to the one New Jersey’s PATCO line recently unveiled, reports the Chicago Tribune. The systems allow riders to pay fares with debit, credit, prepaid cards and eventually mobile phones. 

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