Officials get briefing on electronic tolling

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 6:01 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority is considering an electronic tolling system for two Ohio River bridges in the Louisville area.

The system would mean no toll plazas, no coin buckets, and no waiting in line.

Unlike the old-fashioned toll plazas that once slowed traffic on Kentucky's parkways, the state-of-the-art system would provide drivers with transponders so that tolls could be automatically drawn from a pre-paid account. Drivers without transponders would be billed based on license plate numbers.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said Tuesday that electronic tolling would mean traffic could flow at a sustained speed and would be cheaper to maintain.

Kentucky and Indiana are building two bridges. One would link Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. The other would link Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind.

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