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Monday meeting to recommend Ohio River bridges toll operator

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –Kentucky and Indiana's top finance and transportation officials are scheduled to meet Monday in Jeffersonville, Ind., to recommend the toll system operator for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board's endorsement would be the first step toward finalizing the company that will oversee most aspects of tolling, including installing cameras, processing violations and staffing a toll-operations center.

Indiana, which is overseeing the procurement, has previously identified six finalists but won't disclose how many companies responded to a request for proposals due July 28.

The $2.3 billion project calls for tolls on three bridges – the existing Kennedy Bridge, which will be retrofitted to become a southbound-only crossing; a new downtown bridge next to it; and a crossing upriver between Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky.

Tolls are to start in 2016. Instead of using tollbooths, the states will collect from drivers based on a system that combines license-plate photographs and in-car transponders. Bills will be mailed to the owners of vehicles without a pre-paid account.

The finalists, and some examples of their toll-related work, are:

3M Company. 3M, of Saint Paul, Minn., was awarded a contract last year to place an electronic toll system on Georgia interstates. The company also operates the toll system for the Elizabeth River Tunnels project in Norfolk, Va.

Brisa Inovacao e Tecnologia, S.A. The Portugal-based company operates electronic tolling on the Denver-area's Northwest Parkway.

Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc. Among other tolling work, Austria-based Kapsch TrafficCom maintains toll software for the Bay Area's Golden Gate Bridge. New York officials recently selected the company to install an electronic tolling system on the New York Thruway. Earlier this year, Kentucky and Indiana chose Kapsch to provide transponders for the project.

Sanef Operations America Inc. The France-based company recently was awarded a contract to provide software related to electronic tolling on a bridge at Niagara Falls.

TransCore LP of Nashville, Tenn., lists projects in Tampa, Fla., Oklahoma and Houston among its portfolio of all-electronic toll roads.

Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. Norwalk, Conn.-based Xerox is involved in electronic toll collection projects in California, Texas and other states.

Monday's meeting means the states have finished negotiating with the company they plan to hire, according to public documents. That company's offer was to have been scored on a 1,000-point scale, with 400 points based on price and 600 points based on technical elements.

The proposals were required to be evaluated by members of the Indiana Finance Authority, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority. Unidentified “subcommittees and advisors” also may have aided those officials.

The Indiana Finance Authority, which is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Indianapolis, must also sign off on the joint board's recommendation. A public hearing will take place “a few weeks after the IFA board votes” in the Louisville area, said Will Wingfield, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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