9 Companies Bid For Chicago’s Speed Camera Contract
Contract Could Be Worth Tens Of Millions To Winner
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.