Chicago Speed Camera Program Comes Up For Bid
On Friday, Chicago’s Department of Procurement released the documentation for the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the city’s automated speed enforcement program.
The winning bidder would get an initial five year contract with the possibility of three 2-year contract extensions. The contract would provide the winning company a minimum of 25 and maximum of 300 speed camera locations, with no more than 50 speed cams installed in the first year of the program.
After initially reviewing the city’s red light camera program and implying how successful the program has been in allegedly reducing crashes and traffic deaths, the 169 page document goes into a great deal of detail in what will be required by the winning vendor.
The city is seeking bids for both an equipment lease type deal versus a scenario where the city purchases the hardware outright like they did with Chicago’s red light camera enforcement program.
While the specifications asked for by potential vendors in the RFP are identical to a red light camera system, some of the more interesting aspects of the RFP include the request for both fixed and mobile speed camera hardware and the ability for the cameras to detect and identify child pedestrians in school speed zones where the speed limit automatically drop to 20 mph “when children are present.”
The speed camera RFP also gives the city the right to invite “one or more Respondents to participate in site visits/oral presentations and a pilot test.”
According to the document, the could request vendors on their “short list” to provide and temporarily install up to two speed cameras for testing so the Chicago Department of Transportation could see how well vendors’ equipment performs over the course of 30 days, at no cost to the city.
The final bid proposal by interested camera enforcement companies is due on August 8th and the first speed cameras could be installed and operational (issuing warning citations) in the last quarter of 2012.
The first violations, according to previous statements by CDOT officials, would probably not be issued until early 2013.