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Queens cabbie charged for stealing more than $28K in tolls

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Brian Mendonca

A Long Island City taxi driver has been busted for evading more than $28,000 in tolls by “piggybacking” on cars through Robert F. Kennedy Bridge E-Z Pass lanes.

The cabbie, 69-year-old Rodolfo Sanchez, is accused of crossing the bridge without paying the toll more than 3,000 times over a two-year period, between 2012 and 2010, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Sanchez was able to avoid the tolls by tailgating the vehicle in front of his yellow cab and letting both cars go through the bridge’s E-Z Pass lanes before the barrier came down, the district attorney said.

He was eventually caught, according to Brown, when it was discovered that an E-Z Pass tag that was previously reported lost, was regularly crossing the bridge’s toll plazas without making a payment. The pass had become invalid in 2011 but it was still emitting a signal to the E-Z Pass readers on the bridge, he said.

Sanchez allegedly told investigators that he knew that the E-Z Pass was no good but he used it because he needed money for his family.

Sanchez was arraigned Thursday and charged with grand larceny, theft of services and criminal possession of stolen property, prosecutors said. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.



Overnight closures to take place on RFK Bridge Manhattan/Queens ramp for two weeks

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, there will be multiple, intermittent closures of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge ramp leading from Manhattan to Queens between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. for approximately two weeks, according to the MTA.

The closures will last for about 5 to 10 minutes and are dependent on good weather.

According to the MTA, the closures are needed to move steel beams in place using large cranes. The work is part of a$50 million project to reconstruct the 54,000-square-foot ramp, which was built in 1967. It also includes removing the old concrete deck, replacing the steel support stringers and adding a new concrete deck.

Work is expected to be completed this fall, the transit agency said.