Scottsdale backs speed camera firm change
Brian Powell, Tribune
Scottsdale is recommending changing the company that operates its photo enforcement cameras.

A city evaluation committee scored proposals from two companies and has recommended Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions be awarded the new three-year contract, replacing Redflex Traffic Systems.

“We’re thrilled about it,” said ATS CEO Jim Tuton. “This is a very important and significant contract.”

The contract must still be approved by the City Council. That vote is expected later this month or in May. The new contract begins July 1.

The two companies received a combined identical score in project methodology, experience and financial stability, but ATS offered a lower cost to the city, according to a summary of the scoring released Tuesday by Scottsdale.

ATS, which held the city contract before Redflex took over in 2002, currently operates systems locally in Mesa, Phoenix, Avondale and Glendale and nationally in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Seattle, Houston and about 50 others, Tuton said.

Redflex, also of Scottsdale, currently operates eight red-light and speed on green intersection cameras, two midblock speed cameras, four photo radar vans and six Loop 101 speed cameras in the city.

The contract allows for the program to be expanded or changed.

Scottsdale has been authorized to operate the freeway cameras through June 30, the final day of the current Redflex contract.

The new contract leaves open the possibility for the new operator to run the freeway cameras if Scottsdale’s authorization is extended. Gov. Janet Napolitano has said she is working toward a program run by the state.

A Redflex representative could not be reached for comment.