The Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing


RiverLink Transponders Available at Thorntons Locations

Reloadable transponders available at convenient locations in Louisville and Jeffersonville

Aug. 9, 2017 – Drivers have another option for purchasing RiverLink transponders. RiverLink starter kits are now sold at all Thorntons locations in Louisville and Jeffersonville.

The starter kit includes a RiverLink prepaid transponder that can be used on the three tolled bridges connecting Louisville and Southern Indiana, a reload card and a RiverLink customer agreement.

Drivers do not need to register their transponder or their car to use the prepaid transponder. They simply need to purchase the kit and activate it at the store register. The RiverLink starter kit can be found with other prepaid cards and gift cards in Thorntons.

Using a RiverLink Starter Kit

Purchasing and using a RiverLink starter kit is easy:

  1. Load $20 to $500 on the prepaid transponder at checkout. There is a one-time $3.00 activation fee.
  2. Place the RiverLink transponder on the inside of the car windshield, as instructed.
  3. The RiverLink prepaid transponder is ready to use on any of the three Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River tolled bridges.
  4. Keep the RiverLink reload card and use it to add funds to your RiverLink transponder at participating retailers. The minimum amount to reload a prepaid transponder is $20. There is a $1.50 reloading fee every time money is added to the transponder.

A positive account balance is required to pay the lowest toll rates. If the prepaid RiverLink transponder reaches a zero balance, drivers will pay higher toll rates, and receive an invoice in the mail.

Money can only be added to a prepaid transponder by using the reload card at participating Thorntons and other participating retailers.


Find more information on RiverLink tolling, including answers to frequently asked questions, at  Find more details on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project at

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