Report: Discount bridge tolls won't be pursued

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A draft report says Kentucky and Indiana transportation officials won't pursue discounted tolls for minority and poor drivers crossing the new Ohio River bridges that will connect the two states because it would be too difficult to regulate.

According to the report, tolls would "cause a disproportionately high and adverse economic effect" on the poor and among minorities.

The document released Thursday says the two states will look for other ways to lessen the impact on drivers who can least afford tolls such as offering more public transportation options.

Louisville Metro Council Woman Attica Scott said tolls would create a hardship for many and she hopes the states will reconsider.

The public can comment on the draft plan for 30 days, including at two public hearings on July 22 in Clarksville, Ind., and on July 23 in Louisville.

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