The Arizona company whose red-light cameras have pumped out more than a million Chicago tickets will be paid $32 million just to maintain its first 136 video surveillance systems, under a five-year contract approved by City Hall last month.
Redflex Traffic Systems has installed 248 cameras at 123 accident-prone Chicago intersections since 2003, with 50 more intersections planned for 2009. The cameras have raised $94.5 million and reduced red-light running by 59 percent.
Earlier this year, the Daley administration ended a nationwide search of video surveillance technology by signing a new, five-year, $52 million contract with Redflex. The agreement cut the cost of each camera system from $100,000 to $24,500. It also included maintenance for cameras installed after Oct. 22.