LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A dozen open houses are planned in the Louisville area in the coming months to answer questions about RiverLink, the new tolling network set to start on three Ohio River bridges later this year.

The first meeting will be held Feb. 4 at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange. All of the events are free and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., except for a meeting Feb. 23 at the Portland Community Center that starts at 6 p.m.

The schedule for the open houses is:

-Feb. 4, John W. Black Community Center, 1551 N Highway 393, LaGrange

-Feb. 9, Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Ave., Louisville

-Feb. 11, Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglass Blvd., Louisville

-Feb. 16, Shively Community Center, 1902 Park Rd., Shively

-Feb. 18, Spalding University’s Egan Leadership Center, 901 S 4th St., Louisville

-Feb. 23, Portland Community Center, 640 N 27th St., Louisville

-March 1, Community Action of Southern Indiana, 1613 E 8th St., Jeffersonville, Ind.

-March 3, Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, 2201 Grace Ave., Charlestown, Ind.

-March 8, Clarksville Community Center, 2311 Sam Gwin Dr., Clarksville, Ind.

-March 10, Charlestown-Clark County Public Library, 51 Clark Rd., Charlestown, Ind.

-March 15, YMCA of Floyd County, 33 State St., New Albany, Ind.

-March 24, Sheraton Riverside Hotel, 700 W Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, Ind.

The meetings are meant to explain the RiverLink system, which doesn’t rely on toll booths to collect fees from drivers who cross the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, a retrofitted John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge and a new eastern span between Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky.

Instead, cameras and antennae near the bridges will record license plates or scan transponders on vehicles' windshields. Drivers without toll accounts – linked to a transponder or a license plate – will be billed by mail.

Two types of windshield transponders will be available. A free sticker-like device will work on the Louisville-area bridges, while a heavier transponder will cost $15 and can be used in states also in the E-ZPass network.

The proposed toll rates for vehicles with a transponder are: $1 for a “frequent” driver; $2 for a passenger car; $5 for a medium truck; and $10 for a heavy truck.

The rates for vehicles with a registered license plate account are: $3 for a passenger car; $6 for a medium truck; and $11 for a heavy truck.

And the rates for vehicles without any of those accounts: $4 for a passenger car; $7 for a medium truck; and $12 for a heavy truck.

TARC won’t be charged tolls to cross the river.

A website for the toll system, www.riverlink.com, isn’t yet operational. For more information: (502) 891-2529 or riverlinkopenhouses@gmail.com.

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