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City Finalizes New Red Light Camera Deal

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 26, 2013 4:25PM

The Chicago Department of Transportation on Friday announced the signing of a new five-year contract for the city's red light camera program with Xerox State & Local Solutions Inc. The announcement comes with a proclamation the contract will save the city $50 million in operating costs over the length of the contract.

CDOT commissioner Gabe Klein also noted the program remains vital to the safety of motorists across the city. “Automated red-light enforcement changes drivers’ behavior to reduce the number of crashes and increase the level of safety for everyone,” Klein said. “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.”

Under the terms of the new deal, Xerox will charge the city $1,819 per month per camera versus the $4,300 per month per camera the city paid Redflex Traffic Solutions, the company that previously managed the system that became embroiled in a bribery scandal involving the contract and Bob Bills, the CDOT official in charge of the program.

It's worth keeping tabs on Xerox. As we noted in August, Xerox lost its contract to manage Baltimore's red light camera system earlier this year because faulty equipment resulted in thousands of bogus tickets issued to motorists.