LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With tolling starting on three Ohio River bridges on Dec. 30, the deadline is in sight to get a transponder.

But, there's another option not many people know about.

It's a pre-paid cash transponder that works basically like a pre-paid gift card.

"We have a pre-paid local transponder that's loaded with $20," said Mindy Peterson, spokesperson for the Ohio River Bridges Project. "You don't have to give your name, you don't have to register it to a car, you truly just put it up, and you have $20 worth of credit. When it's done, you can pull it down, and they can get a new one."

RiverLink teamed up to provide these at four different locations in Louisville and three in Jeffersonville, including at the Community Action of Southern Indiana.


Phil Ellis, CEO of Community Action of Southern Indiana, says it was designed to provide more options to low-income families.

"We have a lot of low-income individuals that do not have checking accounts," Ellis said. "This makes it very easy for them to purchase one."

Interest is picking up, but they were turning customers away until an issue with registration was resolved. But late Tuesday afternoon, after WDRB News reached out, RiverLink gave the green light to sell again.

"Anyone can get one as long as they have the cash money to purchase," Ellis said.

The pre-paid transponders are available to anyone, not just low-income families.

Here is a full list on locations on either side of the river to get one:




Nia Center

2900 W. Broadway, Louisville

9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m., M – F

Indiana BMV

2944 E. 10th St., Jeffersonville

8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Tues.

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. W – F

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sat.

Louisville Urban League

1535 W. Broadway, Louisville

9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., M – F

St. Stephen Church

1018 S. 15th St., Louisville

Hours vary

TARC (Union Station)

1000 W. Broadway, Louisville

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M – F

Community Action of Southern Indiana

1613 E. 8th St., Jeffersonville

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., M – F

St. Stephen Church

2701 Veterans Pkwy., Jeffersonville

Hours vary

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