Downtown Commuter & Public Parking
Downtown Palatine Commuter/Metra & Public Parking Options
Metra’s Union Pacific/Northwest Line has a train station, located at 137 W. Wood Street, in Downtown Palatine. The Village of Palatine is responsible for the maintenance and management of the train station, Gateway Center parking garage, and surrounding commuter parking lots. In addition, the Village also maintains a number of public parking lots and spaces throughout the downtown area.
Commuter/Metra parking Options
In an effort to modernize our system and address requests from commuters, the Village of Palatine will be introducing a new commuter parking daily fee payment system on November 9, 2016.
The new system will utilize license plate recognition for enforcement purposes (thus eliminating the use of parking space numbers for daily fee payment). The following provides an outline of how the new parking payment system will work.
Commuter Daily Fee: The new payment system will replace the existing “honor boxes” with multi-space parking payment machines. The machines will be installed in multiple locations within the parking deck and along the southwest corner of the train station. The machines will accept cash and debit/credit card payments. For those paying cash, the daily parking fee will remain $2. For those using debit/credit cards, the daily parking fee will be $2.20 (with the additional $0.20 offsetting the transaction fees associated with using a credit card). In addition, a pay-by-phone application will also be available. For this option, commuters will need to create an account through the Passport Parking application on their phone. The daily fee cost for those utilizing the pay-by-phone application will be $2.80 (with the additional $0.80 offsetting fees associated with utilizing the application).
In addition, new signage (identifying the parking lots and payment options) will also be installed throughout the commuter parking lots.
Commuter Parking Permits: The second phase of the new payment system will utilize a parking permit portal (website) in which commuters will create an account and then purchase a permit. The initial permit purchase will be for one month, but the system will include an auto renewal option. If the purchaser selects the auto renewal option, the permit will be renewed each month until the auto renewal is disabled. Quarterly and annual permits will no longer be available. The new parking permit system will be utilized for all parking permits effective January 1, 2017. The Village is currently finalizing the permit portal and will inform residents when it is live so those looking to purchase a permit for 2017 can create an account and purchase their permit. The parking permit fee will remain $40 per month. The new system will allow a user to assign multiple license plates to a permit (a violation will be issued if more than one vehicle assigned to a single permit is parked in a commuter lot at the same time). As in the past, Palatine residents will be given priority in purchasing parking permits. The system will verify Palatine residency by confirming the purchaser has a valid Village of Palatine vehicle sticker for each vehicle assigned to the permit.
Questions about commuter parking permits, permit applications, lots, or general commuter parking questions can be referred to (847) 202-6671.
Public Parking Options
In addition to the commuter/Metra parking options outlined above, the Village also maintains several public parking lots and spaces throughout downtown Palatine. Click here
to view the Village Downtown Parking Map. It should be noted that ALL spaces within the commuter lots (except for Lot A) are open to the general public on nights (after 5:00 PM) and weekends.
There are also several on-street parking spaces throughout the downtown area that are available for general public use. Please refer to the posted signage for the applicable restrictions. Within downtown Palatine, which includes the area bound by Palatine Road, Smith Street, Wood Street, and Plum Grove Road, on-street parking for a period of 15 minutes or more is prohibited between the hours of 1:30 AM and 6:00 AM on Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 3:30 AM and 6:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.
2016 Parking Holidays
The following dates are considered parking holidays for 2016:
|Friday, January 1, 2016
||New Years Day
|Monday, May 30, 2016
|Monday, July 4, 2016
||4th of July
|Monday, September 5, 2016
|Thursday, November 24, 2016
|Friday , November 25, 2016
||Day Following Thanksgiving
|Monday, December 26, 2016
|Monday, January 2, 2017
||New Years Day