This would be the city's third program after two failed attempts in which cameras issued erroneous tickets. The system, which was run for years by Xerox State and Local Solutions and briefly by Brekford Corp., was shut down in April 2013.
At its height, Baltimore's speed camera system brought in nearly $20 million a year for the city. But the system was dogged by questions about its accuracy after a Baltimore Sun investigation revealed numerous problems, including tickets issued to stopped or slow-moving cars.
Pugh has assured drivers the camera system will be smaller and better monitored that it was before.
Last January, Baltimore's Transportation Department issued a request for bids for 10 red light cameras, 10 fixed speed cameras and 10 portable cameras to relaunch its once-vast network. City officials said they also plan to use six cameras to catch commercial trucks traveling on car-only roads.
Among the six firms that bid on Baltimore's contract are some of the biggest speed camera operators in the country. But all have encountered problems, according to published reports.
Traffic camera giant Redflex has been lobbying city government for years to take over Baltimore's contract, arguing that it should not be judged by a scandal in Chicago in which its former executive was convicted of bribery. Sensys has been in a legal battle with a town in Florida over ending its contract. GATSO's cameras are at the center of a dispute between officials in Iowa after the state determined that the cameras were located in places that violated state rules.
American Traffic Solutions is facing a $200 million lawsuit in Florida seeking refunds from red light tickets. A judge in Ohio has ordered millions in refunds after finding a town's camera system, run by Optotraffic, was illegal.
Conduent is a subsidiary of Xerox, which previously ran Baltimore's system. An audit of Xerox's cameras in Baltimore revealed error rates of higher than 5 percent.