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Xerox Wins $44 Million Contract To Run City’s Red-Light Cameras

A sign on Irving Park Road warns drivers of the red light camera at at Kedzie.

The world’s largest copier manufacturer will now oversee the nation’s largest red light-camera program the City of Chicago confirmed Friday morning.

The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday it finalized the $44 million contract with Xerox to run the cameras for the next five years. There are options to renew it three times at two years per extension.

Xerox will move immediately to take over the management of the red-light camera program from Redflex, according to CDOT.

Under the new contract, Xerox will charge the city $1,819 per camera per month, which is substantially less than the $4,300 per month Redflex has been charging under the current contract, CDOT said. Officials said the new contract will save $50 million dollars over the next five years.

“Automated red-light enforcement changes drivers’ behavior to reduce the number of crashes and increase the level of safety for everyone,” said CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein. “We plan to continue this important program with a new management team that will both improve the technology and efficiency of the program while saving operating expenses.”

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Story updated to reflect correct total contract amount.

Chicago To Remove Red Light Cameras At 18 Locations

A red light cameras stands watch at Damen & Division in Wicker ParkThe City of Chicago announced it would be removing 36 red light cameras at 18 intersections late Tuesday afternoon.

According to the city, the cameras at these intersections will be decommissioned due to a dramatic decrease in right angle crashes at those locations.

“Automated traffic enforcement, whether through red-light or speed cameras, is about
changing drivers’ behavior,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel via press release. “The cameras at these intersections are now showing a low level of crashes and dangerous angle crashes, which means an enhanced level of safety.”

Chicago Speed Camera Installations Start In August

A technician installs an ATS speed camera in the 6500 block of north Western Ave. for pilot testing this past November.

When Chicago debuts its speed camera enforcement program in the next few months, it will start out with 50 camera sites near schools and parks around the city.

But based on the total value of the contract, that number will probably grow to as many as 300.

The contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions was finalized July 15 and has a potential to pay ATS $67 million over five years. Based on that dollar amount and the payment terms in the contract, it seems the city is poised to ultimately employ the maximum 300 speed cam locations allowed under the law.

While more than 1,500 “Children’s Safety Zones” — intersections within one-eighth of a mile from a school or park — were identified by the city, it’s only allowed to erect cameras at 20 percent of those locations. Although, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation, the initial 50 locations have not been finalized.

But according Charles Territo, spokesman for American Traffic Solutions, the company’s staff and contractors are now in Chicago and actively preparing for the imminent camera installations.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Tribune Columnist Happy About Red Light Camera Ticket

Tribune Columnist Steve Chapman. Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

Tribune opinion columnist Steve Chapman received his first red light camera ticket recently.

Shockingly, he’s not upset.

Even more oddly, his $100 experience has actually sold him on using red light cameras as a traffic enforcement tool.

Chapman, somewhat of a libertarian in his political views, is a consistently contrarian voice in his columns and perhaps this may his most unique position yet.

In his piece, while originally doubting the veracity of the ticket, he watches himself online making a right turn on red without coming to a complete stop and realizes he screwed up.

While many people would still be angry, knowing that studies show crashes rarely happen when someone does what Chapman did making a right turn on red, he feels there’s one distinct advantage to RLCs–no cops.

Chapman makes the case that if a police officer stopped him for the infraction it would not only be expensive (like the RLC ticket) but he would have to endure 15 minutes or more of having to go through the ticketing process.

Essentially, he rationalizes his acceptance of a red light camera ticket by saying it is more convenient than getting ticketed by CPD.

Here’s Chapman’s full piece, “Red light cameras: My experience.”

Oh, and hear is a recent WGN Radio interview Chapman did on the subject of red light cameras.

City Extends Bid Deadline For Red Light Camera Contract–Again

Chicago’s Department of Procurement Services is extending the deadline for potential vendors to submit bids for a fourth time.

The new deadline listed in a bid addendum dated May 10th, is now May 24th.

The City was confident its original deadline of April 16th, would give them ample time for a review of the bids, short list two potential vendors for pilot tests, perform a 30-day pilot, select a winning vendor and negotiate a contract by July 31st–when the current contract with Redflex Traffic Systems was supposed to expire.

A previous delay forced the City to admit it could not meet the July 31st deadline and extend the scandal plagued Redflex’s contract indefinitely until a new vendor could be selected and can transition to the new RLC system.

New Report Casts Doubt On Safety Claims Of City’s Red Light Camera Program

A red light cameras stands watch at Damen & Division in Wicker ParkFor years, opponents of Chicago’s red light cameras have argued the program was not based on improving traffic safety, but on generating tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue.

Critics say, a report released Tuesday by the Chicago Inspector General’s Office backs up their claims and, according to one alderman, undermines the basis for the program’s existence.

“Our audit uncovered little evidence that the overarching program strategy, guidelines, or appropriate metrics are being used to ensure the [Red Light Camera] program is being executed to the best benefit of the City or the general public,” the report summarized.

“Specifically, we found a lack of basic record keeping and an alarming lack of analysis for an ongoing program that costs tens of millions of dollars a year and generates tens of millions more in revenue.”

The inspector general’s office started an audit of the city’s extensive red light camera program earlier this year in response to revelations of an internal investigation by current vendor Redflex Traffic Systems. That investigation, headed by former Inspector General David Hoffman, alleges employees for Redflex may have bribed the former city official overseeing the city’s RLC program.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

City Extends Red Light Camera Contract With Troubled Vendor

Delays in the bidding process for the city’s red-light camera contract has led the city to indefinitely extend its current contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, city officials said Friday.

The original deadline for the submissions of bids was to be April 15th, but that was later extended. On Thursday, the deadline was pushed back again to May 10th.

As part of the bidding process, the Department of Procurement Services told potential vendors that the delays mean Redflex’s contract will have to be extended — again.

“While we anticipate awarding a new contract in July of 2013, it should be assumed that the City will continue to operate under a transitional contract with the current vendor for a limited period of time as the new vendor completes the changeover and assumes full operation of the system. The transitional contract with the current vendor will allow for operational continuity,” the memo to vendors states.

Last fall, Redflex’s multi-million dollar contract to run the city’s red-light cameras came under scrutiny after the Chicago Tribune reported that John Bills, the former Chicago Department of Transportation official who oversaw the program, had received trips and hotel accommodations from the company.

Read more at: DNA Info Chicago.

Mayor Says No Need To Delay Speed Cameras Because Of Red Light Camera Scandal

Move along, nothing to see here.

That’s essentially what Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters Thursday in regards to moving forward with the city’s planned speed camera enforcement program.

Emanuel was asked at a press conference whether the city should half implementation of the speed camera program due to all the controversy surrounding the city’s red light cameras.

“They’re totally unrelated,” Emanuel said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Tribune: Problems With Redflex Go Back Years

A red light cameras stands watch at Damen & Division in Wicker ParkThe Redflex scandal shouldn’t be a surprise to insiders at City Hall.

At least that’s what the Chicago Tribune is contending in a story which claims problems with Redflex Traffic Systems and the city’s red light camera contract were being pointed out as far back as 2006.

It seems after Redflex was awarded a contract expanding the size and scope of the city’s red light camera program in 2007, one of its biggest competitors, American Traffic Solutions, began complaining about what they perceived as special treatment for Redflex.

Redflex Scandal Grows, Federal Investigation Has Begun

Circumstances and the Chicago Tribune continue to pound Redflex Traffic Systems, the current vendor of the city’s red light camera contract.

Since broken by the Tribune in October, the story continues to grow and now it looks like federal investigators have begun looking into the scandal.

The newspaper has been reporting about what looks like a bribery scheme between Redflex employees and the former head of Chicago’s red light camera program, John Bills–a revelation which came out of an internal investigation conducted by an outside law firm.

The revelations have cost Redflex its contract in Chicago, it’s once largest client, accounting for nearly 14% of it’s revenue or about $10 million a year.

But it’s been getting even worse and worse for the company.