Chicago suburb to offer premium commuter parking for $1,200

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An outbound Metra train arrives at the Barrington, Ill., station in April 2019. Barrington will begin offering a $1,200 premium parking permit at the station.
TRAINS: David Lassen

BARRINGTON, Ill. — Commuters who want that really prime parking space at the Metra station can now assure themselves of getting it every morning — but it’s going to cost them.

Barrington, on the Union Pacific Northwest line, recently announced it will begin offering a new annual Premium Commuter Parking Permit, offering a guaranteed, reserved spot near the station for $1,200 per year. A limited number of spaces are available and will be assigned via random lottery; those wishing to enter the lottery must apply by June 28, 2019, and include a $120 deposit. More details are available here.

The premium parking program, which begins Oct. 1, is one of several changes following the Village of Barrington’s purchase of a lot adding 67 spaces to its Metra station parking. It will also raise daily parking to $3.50, offer quarterly parking for $200, and begin selling parking permits online.

Barrington’s rates are, in general, higher than average. Some examples: Lisle, Ill.,on the BNSF line, offers its quarterly permits for $138 and daily parking for $3; New Lenox, on the Rock Island District, charges $1.25 daily for parking; Glenview, on the Milwaukee North, offers quarterly parking for $300 for residents ($400 for non-residents) and daily parking for $2; Bartlett, on the Milwaukee West, offers quarterly permits for $90 and daily parking for $1.50; and Flossmoor, on the Metra Electric,  offers quarterly permits for $120 and daily parking for $3. Quarterly permits are sold out with wait lists in several of these communities, however.

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