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For the past 10 years, Redflex Traffic Systems red light cameras have snapped millions of pictures of cars going through red lights in Chicago, and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the city.
But Redflex days may be numbered as the city announced Thursday it’s intent to rebid the contract for its red light camera vendor, releasing the story to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
The current contract expires on January 31st, and the city had the option to renew it. But a recent investigation by the Chicago Inspector General’s Office into a possible ethical lapse by the company seems to have forced the city’s hand in opening up the contract to other interested vendors. The investigation came about after the Chicago Tribune exposed an instance where a company official paid for a stay at a luxury hotel for the former Chicago Department of Transportation employee who oversaw the city’s RLC program.
According to city spokesperson Bill McCaffrey, the city will issue a Request for Information (RFI) today, with responses due by next week. The city hopes to issue an official bid request or Request for Quote (RFQ) in February.
West suburban DuPage County has all but killed off any chance red light cameras will come to county-controlled intersections in the near future, when the RLC measure was unanimously voted down in the county’s transportation committee Tuesday night according to the Daily Herald.
The two proposals discussed would have given DuPage municipalities to install RLCs at county-controlled intersections which had five or more crashes in the past year. About 120 intersections in the county met this standard. In one proposal, 25% of the revenue generated at an RLC, would have gone to the county.