Artist drawing of the new Ohio River Downtown Crossing (Source: kyinbridges.com)
A sample of the local transponder.
A sample of the E-Z pass transponder
Artist drawing of the new Ohio River East End Bridge.
JEFFERONSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – The Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board for the Ohio River Bridges Project met Monday morning to decide about a tolling system for the new bridges.
The board selected Kapsch TrafficCom USA, based in McClean, Virginia, to provide two types of transponders and the equipment to read the transponders.
Kapsch will provide local transponders, which are rectangular stickers about the size of a business card that will adhere to a driver's windshield. The other kind of transponder will be an E-Z transponder which is about the size of a garage door opener and can be used at 25 toll facilities in 15 states.
Will Wingfield with INDOT says resident costs of the transponders haven't been determined. The local transponder costs the state $1.05 and the EZ pass $9.25.
"We're considering the impact of tolling on low income communities so that will be some of the decisions we make as to how much these are," Wingfield said. "We want people to be able to use transponders. This is how you can take advantage of the least expensive toll rate."
The tolls will be charged by the transponder or by taking a picture of your license plate and billing it to you.
Frequent drivers with transponders pay $1. Non-frequent drivers with transponders pay $2. If people decide to not get a transponder they will be mailed a bill (from a picture taken of their license plate) when they cross the tolls. If a driver pre-registers their license and does not have a transponder it will be one additional dollar. If a driver does not have a pre-registered license plate in addition to not having a transponder they will be charged 2 additional dollars to the frequent or non-frequent driver price.
Last week it was announced the estimated price of the bridges project dropped 240 million dollars thanks to efficient design and construction. Wingfield says that will impact drivers who cross over the bridges.
"That'll allow us to keep that toll rate as low as possible because of the private sector competition that was put in place there."
The joint board says by the end of summer they should have a company selected that will operate the tolling systems. Kapsch is one of six companies they are considering.