By MATT KOESTERS
It won’t be painless, but at least it will be quick.
Officials with the Ohio River Bridges Project unveiled their plans on Tuesday for charging tolls to vehicles as they cross the region’s bridges across the Ohio River on new bridges.
Instead of utilizing tolling plazas that require employees to collect cash from vehicles, the bridges will utilize tolling gantries, which will rely on electronic transponders and video cameras.
Passenger vehicles belonging to “frequent commuters” will be issued electronic transponders. Frequent commuters will be able to pre-pay into an account from which tolls will be automatically deducted when the vehicle passes through a gantry. Vehicles without the transponders will be billed at the address to which the vehicle is registered, which will be determined by the license plate number.
Tolling rates are currently undetermined, but are expected to be set at a Sept. 5 meeting of the Ohio River Bridges Project Tolling Body. Target rates discussed at Tuesday’s meeting call for a $1 charge for frequent commuters, $2 for passenger vehicles without transponders, $5 for box trucks and panel vans, and $10 for semi-trucks and tractor-trailers.
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