Weekend work continues to make for rough commuting
The weekend subway woes haven’t let up, with 16 out of 20 lines impacted from Friday to Sunday. Passengers had to navigate 26 service advisories and shuttle buses running on five lines, as the MTA crams in necessary maintenance work before the winter. amNewYork culled weekend horror stories Sunday along the E, G and L lines as part of our new series:Anna Han, 27, Brooklyn
As if being an artist wasn’t enough of struggle, Han’s commute from Williamsburg to her Long Island City studio has become a nightmare. She must board a shuttle bus running on the L line, switch to G and wait for another shuttle bus to get to Queens Plaza.
Han recently tried swapping the last shuttle bus for the B61, and ended up waiting in the pouring rain for 45 minutes.
“It’s crazy. Why do they do all the construction at the same time everywhere?” she said.Myesha Miller, 28, Brooklyn
Getting out to Rikers Island to visit her “boo” has become even more a drag for Miller.
Miller visits the prison on weekends with a gaggle of other girls with loved ones locked up in the big house. They take the G from Bedford-Stuyvesant, get on a shuttle bus at the Court Square stop and then wait for the Q100 to get to the prison. The ordeal takes about an hour and a half, about 30 minutes longer than normal.
“The fares go up. The train is slow,” Miller said. “They are stealing my money.”Jamie Hurley, 47, Manhattan
The housing market is bleak, and the MTA isn’t making Hurley’s job any easier.
Hurley travels all over Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx showing homes on the weekends. A ride to 145th Street nearly took 90 minutes with A trains being rerouted on the F line. On Saturday, he exited the L train to search for the shuttle bus.
“It’s abysmal,” Hurley said.Got a weekend subway horror story? Send it to email@example.com.