Chicago suburb to offer VIP parking at Metra lot for $1,200

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A Chicago suburb is offering commuters the chance to get prime parking at its Metra station at a cost of $1,200 per year.

The Daily Herald reports applications for the new premium parking permit are available for commuters in Barrington, a suburb northwest of Chicago.

The village expects to have about 90 premium spots, though the final number will depend on demand. The spots are closest to the Metra station downtown Barrington. 

Other parking spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for $200 per quarter, or $800 per year, starting Oct. 1. The daily fee as of Oct. 1 will be $3.50, an increase of 50 cents.

A Metra spokesman said the agency is unaware of any other towns that offer an annual VIP parking permit.