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The RhodeWorks
Tolling Program


The RhodeWorks bridge tolling program is a unique approach to repairing bridges by tolling only specific types of tractor trailers. The tolls collected at each location in Rhode Island will go to repair the bridge or bridge group associated with that toll location.

The tolling program is part of the RhodeWorks legislation which became law in February of 2016 as a way to rebuild Rhode Island's infrastructure. RhodeWorks provides for the planning, execution, management and funding to bring the state's roads and bridges into a state of good repair by 2025. The full budget for RhodeWorks is about $4.9 billion over ten years and about one tenth of that amount will come from the tolling program. The RhodeWorks law prohibits tolls on cars and small trucks.

Tolls will be collected along six major highway corridors at twelve locations. Each location is associated with a bridge or bridge group. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will repair or replace bridges with this revenue.

RIDOT has contracted with Kapsch TrafficCom to design, build, operate and maintain the electronic tolling system for ten years. The first tolling gantries will be in the southwestern part of Rhode Island along I-95.


Tolling Frequently Asked Questions

Who Will be Tolled

What kind of trucks will be tolled?

Tractor or truck tractors as defined in 23 C.F.R. 658.5, pulling a trailer or trailers.

Vehicles NOT tolled:

All other vehicles.

Will cars be tolled?

No.

How can I tell what my vehicle is?

Please refer to the RIDOT Toll Diagram.

Why are trucks the only vehicles being tolled?

The rationale behind the RhodeWorks tolling program was to toll the vehicles that caused the damage that needs to be repaired.

Collecting Tolls & Fines

Who Will Operate the Toll Gantries?

RIDOT selected Kapsch TrafficCom, to design, build, operate and maintain the system for 10 years. RIDOT will set the toll rates in accordance with the mandates of the legislation.

How do I calculate my toll?

The toll rates will be available on the RIDOT website and will be published.

What is the cost of each toll?

The toll rates will vary from site to site, ranging from $2.00 to $9.50. The median cost is $3.50. For RFID (i.e. E-ZPass) equipped tractor trailers, tolls are limited to once per day, per direction and there is a cap of $20 for a through-trip on I-95 as well as a daily cap of $40 per day no matter how many tolls a tractor trailer goes through.

Will tolls be capped?

Tolls will be limited to once per toll facility, per day in each direction. Toll rates will be limited along the I-95 corridor at $20 for a border-to-border trip from Connecticut to Massachusetts. There also is a daily maximum toll of $40 per tractor trailer regardless of the number of toll gantries passed. All caps require the use of a radio identification transponder (such as E-ZPass).

How did the state determine the toll rates?

We determined the toll rates based on the needs of repairing Rhode Island's bridges.

What are the ways to pay my toll?

Tractor Trailers with E-ZPass will be billed through E-ZPass. Those without a valid E-ZPass will receive a bill that can be paid by check or credit card.

Can I pay my toll with a credit card?

Yes.

Will I be tolled both ways through Rhode Island?

Yes, but only once per direction per day, with a valid RFID (i.e. E-ZPass). Once a vehicle with a valid E-ZPass has reached the cap, it is no longer tolled for that day.

Can I pay one toll and then go through the state?

No, tolls are assessed on a point-by-point basis.

What constitutes a violation?

Failure to pay the toll invoice in the allotted time.

What happens if I don't have E-Z Pass, who gets the bill?

The registered owner of the tractor or truck tractors as defined in 23 C.F.R. 658.5, pulling a trailer or trailers will get the bill.

Where can I pay a penalty or fee?

They can be paid online, by mail, or at a RITBA customer service center.

Who collects them?

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will collect the fees.

How long is the grace period?

Registered owners have 30 days to pay the toll at which point the toll invoice becomes a violation.

Can I appeal a violation?

Yes, by filling out a dispute form or in the state traffic tribunal.

Will any personal identifiable information be shared with state police or any other entity?

Any Data collected to implement R.I. Gen Laws Chapter 42-13.1 shall be used only for toll collection purposes and shall not otherwise be made available to law enforcement or other agencies except pursuant to a valid court order.

Tolling Locations

Where are the tolling locations?

There is a map of the locations on the RIDOT website.

How many are there?

There are currently two locations.

Are the tolls the same amount at each site?

No.

How long will the tolls be collected?

Revenues from each tolling site will be used to repair or replace the bridge at that tolling location. Once we certify the needs of the bridge are met, we can keep the tolls in place to repair or replace other bridges.

How much money will be collected and where will it go?

A Traffic and Revenue Report is posted on the RIDOT webpage that includes
estimated expected revenue.

Are the tolls less for trucks registered in Rhode Island?

No.

E-ZPass FAQ's

Where can I get an E-ZPass?

You can order online or at a Customer Service Center in Richmond, RI or Jamestown, RI.

Are the tolls discounted for E-ZPass users?

No.

Where do I go for questions about the E-ZPass?

There is an E-ZPass website.

Can I transfer my E-ZPass from one truck to another?

Yes, as long as the vehicle qualifies as a tractor trailer defined in 23 C.F.R. 658.5, pulling a trailer or trailers .

How do I install my E-ZPass transponder

Properly installing the Interior E-ZPass Transponder in you vehicle is easy and essential.

  1. Sit inside your vehicle facing forward. Select a location behind and to the right of the rearview mirror. The spot should be at least 4" below the vehicle's frame and should be clean and dry.
  2. Do not remove the adhesive fasteners from the back of the transponder. Simply peel off the plastic backing to reveal the sticky surface of the fasteners.
  3. With the E-ZPass logo facing you, right side up, affix the entire transponder assembly to the selected spot on the inside of your windshield.
  4. Press the entire transponder assembly firmly in place and hold for one to two seconds. The installation process is now complete.

How do I know my transponder is working?

If you see a green light and a "Go E-ZPass" message, your transponder is working correctly. If your transponder is not working properly, please contact the Customer Service Center at 1-877-743-9727.

Are there any times I should not use my transponder?

Yes, the following examples are times when you should not use your transponder:

  • If you have reported your transponder as lost or stolen
  • If you are using a different class vehicle (i.e., a car transponder in a truck)

Where do I make payments?

  1. Over the phone at 1-877-743-9727
  2. Online at www.ezpassritba.com
  3. Customer Service Center in Richmond, RI or Jamestown, RI.

What is the silver bag for?

The silver bag is a read prevention bag. If you have multiple E-ZPass transponders in the tractor trailer make sure to have one in the silver bag, in the glove compartment (both tags can be charged).

What if my E-ZPass doesn't work?

You will automatically be billed.

More Questions?

No matter what your questions are, there is one easy number to call; 1-877-743-9727 (Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 8:00am - 1:00pm) You may call 24 hours a day for automated account information.

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Toll Gantry Locations

 

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority

1 East Shore Road
P.O. Box 437
Jamestown, RI 02835

Phone (Toll Free): 1-877-RI-EZPASS (1-877-743-9727)
Fax: (401) 423-7036