Facts about Ohio River bridges tolling

Published: Mar. 9, 2016 at 2:47 AM EST
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Source: RiverLink

LOUISVILLE, KY - RiverLink is all-electronic tolling, with no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. Tolling is expected to begin in late 2016.

Toll Rates

Initial toll rates range from $1-12. The lowest rates are for drivers with transponders.

Payment Choices

Payment Choice #1

  • Obtain a transponder
  • Establish a prepaid account
  • Sensors recognize transponder
  • Toll deducted from account
  • Offers lowest costs and greatest convenience
  • Minimum balance to open an account = $20

Payment Choice #2

  • Establish a pre-paid account
  • License plate recognized on each crossing
  • Toll deducted from customer account
  • Offers convenience, but rates are higher than with a transponder
  • Higher administrative costs
  • Minimum balance to open an account = $20

Payment Choice #3

  • No prepaid account
  • License plate photographed on each crossing
  • Invoice sent in the mail to registered owner
  • Highest rates due to increased administrative costs

Transponder Choices

Transponder Choice #1

  • RiverLink local transponder
  • Local use only
  • Adheres to the windshield
  • Non-transferable
  • One free for each vehicle

Transponder Choice #2

  • RiverLink E-ZPass transponder
  • Can use in 16 E-ZPass states
  • Adheres to the windshield
  • Portable from vehicle to vehicle
  • Proposed cost = $15/transponder

Getting a Transponder

  • Transponders are expected to be available starting in mid-2016, well in advance of the start of tolling
  • Transponders will be available online (www.RiverLink.com), by phone and at customer service centers
  • Customer service centers will be located at 400 East Main St. (Louisville) and 103 Quartermaster Court (Jeffersonville)

Which Bridges are Tolled

Tolled Bridges

  • Abraham Lincoln Bridge
  • East End bridge
  • Improved Kennedy Bridge

Non-Tolled Alternatives

  • Clark Memorial Bridge
  • Sherman Minton Bridge
  • TARC buses (TARC will be exempt from paying tolls)

Frequent Drivers

Business rules are being finalized. A frequent driver is expected to be a driver who makes 40 one-way trips on a tolled bridge in a calendar month.

The $1/crossing rate is available to frequent drivers in passenger vehicles with transponders. Only personal accounts qualify for the frequent driver rate.