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Board Changes Rules So Commuters Know When They Land on Free Parking

Trustees approved new amendments Tuesday that turn past practice into law, making parking free on weekends, holidays and weekdays after 10:30 a.m. at the commuter lots the village runs.

The Tinley Park Village Board put into law Tuesday a practice that's been common when it comes to regulating the commuter parking lots the village runs near the Oak Park Avenue and 80th Avenue Metra stations.

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Trustees unanimously approved amendments to the village's municipal code at the board's Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting that makes commuter parking free in certain circumstances. Historically, the village hasn't enforced parking restrictions in these situations.

The amendments would let commuters park without a permit or paying a fee in the following cases:

  • after 10:30 a.m. on weekdays
  • weekends
  • holidays

To park in the station lots, commuters can purchase a permit on a quarterly basis or pay a $1.50 daily fee with cash or special tokens that can be purchased at the Village Clerk's office or at the Tinley Park Police station.

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The holidays that fall under the free parking banner include the 10 days Village Hall is closed:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (and the day after)
  • Christmas Day

Stimulating business, especially along Oak Park Avenue, is much of the reason parking restrictions for the lots aren't enforced during those specified times, trustee David Seaman said during a joint committee in November. 

 

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Lynn December 06, 2012 at 02:52 PM
So the "working" commuter bears the burden, again.
Frank Williams December 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
It's always the workers, especially the middle class, whose backs the burden of financing government falls upon. You'd think they could let is park for free in exchange for the fact we work very hard to keep the village safe and solvent. We're looked upon as nothing more than human ATM machines.
Tinleyjoe December 06, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Its the commuter who uses the 12 million dollar station, its the commuter who should pay for it. They should double the parking fee!
Ordinary Citizen December 06, 2012 at 06:50 PM
In these struggling economic times, I would think the Village would act responsibly and obtain revenue from all available sources. If you want to stimulate business, then free parking should be a perk only when actual spending occurs. A validation process could be put in place for reimbursement when a certain threshold of spending is met. It is unfair to alienate the commuters that most likely provide the bulk of all the parking revenue. Free parking on holidays and weekends does not seem to target any group in particular. However, by selecting 10:30 AM instead of say 3:00 PM the Village is clearly targeting the "working" commuter. I bet many of the commuters make purchases at these same businesses before or after work but still have to pay for parking. I certainly hope the Village does not plan on raising any sticker fees, permit fees or taxes if they are not willing to enforce the parking fees on all patrons.

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