Pilot Parking Program Update

The West Loop Pilot Parking Program, implemented by CDOT, went into effect on July 10, 2013.

To reiterate, this program is a six-month pilot program financed by local aldermen and designed to specifically address the area’s problem with so-called “day trippers.” These individuals take advantage of unrestricted parking by leaving their cars on West Loop streets for an entire day or longer.

As a result of this issue, CDOT hired an outside consulting firm which conducted numerous street and license plate studies over the course of four years (2008-2012). Based on their findings, as well as feedback gained through community meetings and listening sessions, it was recommended that a two-hour parking ban period be established for selected spaces in four “pilot areas.” The posted restrictions would seek to have an effect similar to a permit zone in that they would effectively reserve spaces for those with a legitimate need to park on-street overnight and during the day while living in, working in or visiting the area.

The WLCO understands that this is a big adjustment for many who have grown accustomed to unrestricted daytime parking in certain parts of the neighborhood. We ask that you please give this program some time to see if and how it works. Again, these pilot areas will be implemented on a temporary basis so that CDOT can assess their effectiveness.

In the meantime, if you would like to formally submit a concern, comment or complaint regarding the pilot parking program, we encourage you to do so in writing via email to info@westloop.org. Although we cannot guarantee a direct response back by any party, we will be sure to add your message to our internal files and forward it on to CDOT and local aldermen as exhibit items.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. As always, our goal and best interest is to serve the West Loop community by making improvements that reflect the growth of our neighborhood. 

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