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St. Stephen Church to be future location to buy bridge toll transponders

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – All lanes on the Kennedy and new Lincoln Bridges will be open by the end of the week, but the tolls will not be in effect just yet.

In the meantime, RiverLink officials are diving into the community to get as many people signed up for transponders as they can.

It was a busy Wednesday afternoon at the RiverLink customer service center in Jeffersonville. A few people hoping to pick up their transponder during a lunch break said they had to leave because it was taking too long.

“I'd prefer we didn't have to go through all this, but I think they're certainly making it as easy as they can,” said Alma Berry, who purchased a transponder.

However, on the other side of the river, hardly anyone was seen coming and going from the Louisville location.

“I don't think anybody enjoys paying tolls. But if it's a requirement, it's a requirement,” said Ben Rosenbaum, who also bought a transponder.

But at a third, future location at St. Stephen Church on S. 15th Street, large crowds are expected at two informational meetings.

“This is our computer lab. It might bust out the door,” said Langston Gaither, Executive Director of the Family Life Center at St. Stephen Church.

Before tolling starts sometime in December, RiverLink officials say transponders will be sold at the church's Family Life Center in the coming weeks.

“My staff will also be here so they can teach people after the meeting how they go in the cars if they ever want to purchase them downstairs,” Gaither said.

Mindy Peterson with RiverLink adds transponders will be sold at even more locations in the community by the spring of 2017.

“There are very early deadlines when you talk about getting shelf space in stores,” Peterson said. “And we were not able to make it with a brand new system, but we do expect to add that retail portion early next year.”

But no matter who you are, bridge tolling is an expense that affects everyone.

“I'm actually glad they're reaching out to different folks and different entities in this community, especially west Louisville," Gaither said. "We know how these folks need to be served here. We see them every day when they walk into this door."

No date has officially been set for tolling to begin, because crews are still testing the system.

St. Stephen Church will hold another informational meeting with RiverLink on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Louisville location and immediately after service at the Indiana Campus.

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