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No RiverLink E-ZPass transponders have been mailed out

Drivers are gearing up for bridge tolls (Source: WAVE 3 News) Drivers are gearing up for bridge tolls (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Stan Martin (Source: WAVE 3 News) Stan Martin (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mindy Peterson (Source: WAVE 3 News) Mindy Peterson (Source: WAVE 3 News)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – 'Tis the season for tolling. Drivers are gearing up for bridge tolls that could be in place later this month. That means your transponders should be, too, but not everybody has received their pre-ordered passes.

“Ever since they announced that the tolls were coming, I've been trying to think about what it is going to take to get to work every day,” driver Stan Martin said.

Martin lives in Clark County and works in Louisville, and he wants to be prepared for tolls. That is why he set up his RiverLink account in July and prepaid for E-ZPass transponders.

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“Four months down the road, I still don't have those transponders and that's been troublesome for me because I'm traveling to Chicago a couple times here recently and I'm paying quadruple and higher toll rates than I would have to and the whole time RiverLink still has my money sitting in an account,” Martin said.

He's not alone.

“Nobody has the RiverLink E-ZPass yet and drivers are getting anxious,” RiverLink spokeswoman Mindy Peterson said.

Peterson said E-ZPasses will not be sent out until they are able to work in all 16 states and all tolling systems communicate.

“We don't want to send you something and you travel to Chicago this weekend and you say why didn't this work, it can't work because we don't talk to their tolling systems yet,” Peterson said.

If you have recently purchased a transponder through a different E-ZPass tolling system, those are currently operational and will work locally once the system is up and running, but keep in mind the $2 toll will be the lowest rate.

“For example Illinois has the I-Pass, so if you already have that you are good to go, you don't need to do anything,” Peterson said. “However, if you are going to be a frequent user, you have to have one of the RiverLink transponders either local RiverLink or E-ZPass because that is a discount unique to our system.”

You can set up your RiverLink account in person, on the phone or online. The customer service centers have been extremely busy lately, so drivers are encouraged to set up online.

An official tolling date hasn't been set, but is still anticipated by the end of the year.

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