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Vehicle classifications for Ohio River bridges tolling released

Tolling transponder equipment on the John F. Kennedy Bridge. (Source: WAVE 3 News Archives) Tolling transponder equipment on the John F. Kennedy Bridge. (Source: WAVE 3 News Archives)
A RiverLink transponder (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News) A RiverLink transponder (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
CLICK TO ENLARGE - A graphic showing the vehicle classifications for RiverLink tolling. (Source: Ohio River Bridges Project) CLICK TO ENLARGE - A graphic showing the vehicle classifications for RiverLink tolling. (Source: Ohio River Bridges Project)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the start date for tolling draws closer, officials in Kentucky and Indiana have released their recommendations on how vehicles will be classified.

Tolls for RiverLink, the all-electronic tolling system, will be based on the height of the vehicle and the number of axles it has.

Here is a breakdown of the vehicle classifications: 

Passenger Vehicles ($2 with transponder, $3 with registered plate and $4 with unregistered plate)

  • All 2-axle vehicles up to 7 1/2 feet in height (Examples: cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, motorcycles)

Medium Vehicles ($5 with transponder, $6 with registered plate and $7 with unregistered plate)

  • All 2-axle vehicles more than 7 1/2 feet in height
  • All 3-axle vehicles
  • All 4-axle vehicles (Examples: box trucks, buses, dump trucks, concrete trucks, high-roof vans, most vehicles towing trailers)

Large Vehicles ($10 with transponder, $11 with registered plate and $12 with unregistered plate)

  • All vehicles with 5 or more axles (Examples: semi-trailer trucks, some large RVs towing a vehicle, vehicles towing 3-axle trailers)

In a news release announcing the recommendations, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas said, "It's important to have a system that is clear and easy to understand, meets the financial requirements of the project and works with the capabilities of the tolling system. We believe we've achieved that, while keeping in mind our local and area businesses."

"The medium vehicle category is deliberately large," said Jim Stark, a deputy commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation. "Many of these vehicles are short-haul, regional trucks. They're delivery and service-based and some are making numerous trips across the bridges on a daily basis."

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Tolling will begin when either the renovated John F. Kennedy Bridge or the new and currently unnamed East End Bridge is fully opened to traffic. Both bridges are expected to be operational by the end of 2016. In addition to the Kennedy and East End Bridges, tolling will also include the Abraham Lincoln Bridge which opened to traffic in December 2015.

Initial tools rates will be between $2 and $12, with the lowest rates for driver who purchase a transponder. Transportation officials say businesses do not qualify for a frequent-user discount, but the more affordable toll rates in the medium vehicle category are designed to assist many businesses in the region.

Kentucky and Indiana transportation and finance leaders will vote on the recommendations during a May 11 meeting.

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