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City of Evanston Transitions to Pay-by-Plate in Partnership with Flowbird

February 19, 2019






City of Evanston Transitions to Pay-by-Plate in Partnership with Flowbird




80 New Smart Kiosks Supplied by Total Parking Solutions




Moorestown, New Jersey — The City of Evanston, Illinois, has partnered with Flowbird Group, the world’s leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions, to launch a new pay-by-plate parking system in the downtown core. The 80 new Flowbird CWT parking kiosks, supplied by Total Parking Solutions Inc., will replace nearly 1,000 old single-space meters, modernizing the city’s mobility platform.


The upgrade comes as the city’s old meters from 2013 are reaching end of life, several needing new parts and freezing up in harsh winter weather. The City of Evanston began taking out 800 of the City’s 1,600 single-space meters on Monday, February 4th and are gradually replacing them with Flowbird’s CWT pay-by-plate kiosks.


The new solar-powered CWT kiosks are user-friendly with a large color screen and customized interface. The kiosks will function in pay-by-plate mode, instructing users to input their license plate number and parking duration. The user can then complete payment and is not required to display their receipt on their dashboard.


Drivers may pay for parking using credit or debit cards, coins, or even with Evanston’s mobile payment app, Park Evanston.  The Flowbird system is integrated into the same back-office as the mobile app so that enforcement officers check only one interface for kiosk and mobile transactions.


As of the first week of February, 7 blocks have undergone installation of the new parking kiosks throughout Sherman Avenue in downtown Evanston. The City plans to have the first 800 single-space meters replaced by the first week of March. The remainder of the 800 meters reside on slower traffic streets and will be replaced next year.


Currently, Flowbird supports over 40,000 parking pay stations for 600 customers throughout the U.S. This project allows the company to continue its rapid expansion across the State of Illinois, where more than 4,500 Flowbird CWT pay stations were recently installed in the City of Chicago.