9 Companies Bid For Chicago’s Speed Camera Contract

Contract Could Be Worth Tens Of Millions To Winner

It’s a big contract.

A contract with the potential to produce tens of millions of dollars of revenue for the winning bidder.

So it’s no surprise that a total of nine companies submitted bids for Chicago’s speed camera automated enforcement program on Monday afternoon when the bids were opened.

The list includes nearly every major leader in the automated enforcement industry like American Traffic Solutions, Gatso USA and of course Redflex Traffic Systems, the city’s existing vendor for Chicago’s red light camera enforcement program.

There are also a few less established companies providing automated camera enforcement technology like Brekford Corporation, Optotraffic LLC, Motorola, John M. Baine B & W Sensors, LLC, Oak Brook based Federal Signal and Xerox.

Notably absent from the bid list was Lombard based RedSpeed Illinois which holds many contracts for red light cameras in municipalities around Illinois and
SafeSpeed, LLC another local company providing red light camera and speed camera enforcement.

The next step is for the Chicago Department of Transportation to do an initial review of the bids and select several bidders to participate in a pilot program. The chosen vendors will be asked to install two cameras at different intersections to see how vendor technology performs over a 30 day period according to CDOT Deputy Commissioner Scott Kubly.

According to CDOT there will be a maximum of 300 speed camera locations, the maximum allowed by city law as the municipal code puts a cap of 20% of the 1500 “safety zones” identified by the city as being with 1/8th of a mile of a school or park.

While pilot testing may still begin before the end of the year, based on the current timeline, Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein said last week, the speed camera program will not begin until early next year and the city would install no more than 25 speed cameras for the totality of 2013.

Once speed cameras are installed at an intersection, after the first 30 days where warnings are issued, drivers will be allowed one warning violation without financial penalty according to the municipal code. But after that, motorists caught by the camera systems driving between six and 10 mph will be hit with a $35 fine but a $100 fine if a driver’s speed is over 11 mph.

13 Responses to 9 Companies Bid For Chicago’s Speed Camera Contract

  1. Jackie says:

    Another example of putting revenue on the backs of the poorest people in the city. The whole city should be striking against Rahm!

  2. Chris Julian says:

    Much like the red light cameras, there is no independent, credible statistics to prove speed cameras do anything to prevent accidents. The UK has over 5000 speed cameras in high accident zones and the fatality rates have not changed a bit. Just another way for the city of Chicago to squeeze money from its citizens.

  3. The Parking Ticket Geek says:


    The Tribune article is actually overly dramatic and inaccurate. The story’s implication is that ALL potential safety zone speed cam intersections are also school zones. So, the majority of the potential speed cam locations won’t have to worry about the issue of “when children are present”.

  4. DoR Employee says:

    Jackie…people that violate the speed limit are as diverse as those that park on a hydrant or park in a tow zone or scam the meters and then whine when they get a ticket.

    If you don’t speed…you don’t risk a ticket. It is just that simple.

    With the longer school days…7am to 5pm around schools and 9am to 11pm around Park District locations should be more than sufficient.

  5. David says:

    Speed cameras put the burden on the poorest in the city? Nonsense. The poorest in the city o not have cars and are badly served by poor CTA service. (no el line goes South of 95th, for example). It’s one of he barriers to work. It takes a long tie nd money to get to he jobs. The one group not burdened by speed cameras are the poorest residents. I am not saying that speed cameras are a good solution, but let’s not invoke the “but think of the poor card”

  6. Jeff says:

    I have no doubt that the fix is in for Redflex Traffic Systems, the company whose lobbyist, Greg Goldner, is a major compaign donor for Mayor Emanuel (see the Tribune articles on this “competely innocent” connection, published in March of this year).

    To take a page from Claude Rains in “Casablanca,” I will be “shocked, shocked” to find graft and kickbacks at work here.

    Not only would a Redflex contract mean that every ticket would help finance Tiny Dancer’s reelection. Redflex is also an Australian company, so all the profits from this wretched program will be sent offshore.

    Once again, Chicago taxpayers and motorists get the shaft thanks to The Rahmfather and his Transit Commissar Gabe Klein.

  7. Jeff says:

    The whole rationale for the speed cameras was Rahm’s cynical (and factually baseless) arguments on child safety. Now it turns out that under Illinois law, it may be both technologically impractical and financially cost prohititive to enforce speed cameras tickets in school zones (since tickets are only enforceable with admissible evidence of the presence of children at the time of the offense). Yet another hilarious and epic FAIL from the poison dwarf who sits in the Mayor’s office.

  8. Greg says:

    I’ve got a question – with the strike going on, does that mean all the school zone parking regulations are not in effect since these are not school days?

  9. Pete says:

    I’m sure school zone tickets will be written, after all it was SUPPOSED to be a school day and we can’t let a measly school strike get in the way of city revenue. In fact we’ll need that revenue to give the teachers their 30% raise (and to send Karen Lewis for another trip to Old Country Buffet).

  10. DoR Employee says:


    Revenue PEA’s are under instruction to not enforce Any School Parking restrictions other than the normal crosswalk/tow zone/hydrant type violations..

    That includes the Charter and Private schools that have the good sense to actually teach children and not strike.


  12. Pete says:

    DoR Employee, I can’t wait until you get your first speed camera ticket. Didn’t you know, that block is a 20 MPH school zone speed limit since there is a kid that is home schooled. That will be $100. Don’t think it’s fair? Tell it to the Chicago administrative law kangaroo court “judge”.

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