LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Motorcycle riders who have been waiting to open RiverLink accounts to pay bridge tolls now have a recommendation on which transponder to use. 

RiverLink is recommending that motorcyclists use an E-ZPass transponder and attach them with a holder that can be found through third-party vendors with an online search.

With a transponder, the toll for motorcycles is $2 per crossing.

The RiverLink E-ZPass transponder has a one-time fee of $15; it can be moved from vehicle to vehicle and be used in multiple states.

The other transponder for RiverLink is free. It will work on the toll bridges here but not on any other toll roads in the E-ZPass network.

Mindy Peterson, a RiverLink spokeswoman, said officials are encouraging the $15 transponder because the free transponder -- a sticker that attaches to a car's windshield -- is designed for interior use and could come loose when riding or be vandalized. If stolen, the sticker transponder couldn't be used by someone else, she said.

She acknowledged that motorcycle owners are being asked to buy transponders when a free device also is available, but she noted that some motorcycle riders also have personal cars in which they can also use the portable transponder.

"There is an expense but there also are some advantages,” she said.

Drivers can open an account online at www.RiverLink.com, by phone at 855-RIV-LINK or in person at one of two RiverLink customer service centers.

The customer service centers are located at 400 East Main Street in Louisville and 103 Quartermaster Court in Jeffersonville. The centers are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are also open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday during the first year of operations.

Tolling is expected begins on the new east end bridge, as well as the Lincoln and Kennedy bridges, later this year.

Peterson said the E-ZPass transponders aren't yet available but should be by late fall before tolling starts. They can be ordered when setting up a RiverLink account.


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