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The system, which was run for years by Xerox and briefly by Brekford Corp., was shut down in April 2013.
At its height, Baltimore's speed camera system brought in nearly million a year for the city.
Typically, the city releases the names and proposals of those who respond to a request for bids.
But on Thursday, the Pugh administration withheld the names of the speed camera bidders.
Averella served on a city speed camera task force under Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
"We're hopeful we won't see similar issues to what we've seen in the past," Averella said. "Jack" Young said the president was also pleased the cameras are returning in smaller numbers.
At the time, a single Baltimore officer reviewed 1,000 to 1,200 of the machine-generated citations per shift — sometimes as many as five or six per minute.
The system, once the largest in North America, had brought in 0 million since 1999 to city government.
Department of Transportation spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes said the names of the competing firms will be disclosed once a winner is selected.
A proposed contract is expected to go before the city's spending panel by May. "We want to wait until the process is complete." With millions in profits at stake, several speed camera companies have registered lobbyists with city government, including Optotraffic, Xerox State & Local Solutions, and American Traffic Solutions.
"The fundamental problems that made erroneous citations possible have not been solved," he said in an email.
"Unfortunately the rest of the speed camera programs in the state think Baltimore's real problem was that they ultimately ADMITTED that errors took place.
But it did require local governments to publish detailed annual reports, and it subjects contractors to damages if their error rate exceeds 5 percent. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat who is against the cameras, was the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the bill.