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Official: Kentucky admitted to E-ZPass board

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After an initial rejection, Kentucky has been approved for full membership in the E-ZPass toll network for the Ohio River Bridges Project, an official said.

David Talley, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s innovative finance manager, confirmed the move in an email.

Talley said earlier this week that the E-ZPass board could once again review the state’s application at a meeting Thursday, adding: “We anticipate that a reworked membership resolution will be entertained at that time, and we are hopeful and confident that it will be approved.”

PJ Wilkins, executive director of the E-ZPass Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kentucky has sought membership on the board because it plans to use E-ZPass transponders on three toll bridges set to open in the Louisville-area next year. Having a seat would give the state input on policy matters as states across the U.S. try to make the devices operational on all toll roads.

The E-ZPass board includes 24 toll agencies.

The state’s original application was denied when the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority vetoed Kentucky’s membership, in part because of concerns over a different technology being used on the Louisville project.

Indiana, which is overseeing the bridges project with Kentucky, also plans to seek a seat on the E-ZPass board.

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