Chicago has given the green light to a new red light camera vendor.
The Chicago Department of Transportation has officially appointed Xerox to take over the enforcement of their red light cameras, officials said Friday.
Xerox is set to replace the city’s previous vendor, Redflex Traffic Solutions, and officials say the new deal will save taxpayers nearly $50 million in operating costs over the next five years, according to a release from CDOT.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
The city had been paying Redflex Traffic Solutions up to $4,300 per month per camera, but CDOT said Xerox will charge the city $1,819 for the same services.
Redflex was reportedly wrapped up in a federal bribery investigation following reports about an improper relationship between company executives and the city official who oversaw the $300 million program.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Xerox’s cameras issued thousands of bogus tickets before the company was replaced this year by a lower-bidding vendor.
The mayor's office said Xerox was favored in part because of its plan to reuse as much of the city-owned Redflex equipment as possible.
The transition is set to begin immediately, officials said.