Long Island City leaders and residents are fuming over the disruption.
"It's really just a slap in the face to the Long Island City community, to do this without input and then to have a shuttle service. That doesn't really get to the heart of where people need to go to and from," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
Over the years, Long Island City has become more residential and less industrial. One of the selling points of living there is the growing restaurant scene and the quick commute to Manhattan.
Free shuttle buses will serve the affected stations in Queens. But for some, that's little consolation.
"We want the shuttle bus to appreciate when we have these outages to reflect that," resident Dale Jennings said. "Taking an extra five minutes to Midtown Tunnel, or Grand Central, but not 40 minutes the other way to Queens Plaza."
The service disruptions will last for six weekends, from January 29 to March 29th.
To read MTA's service note on these disruptions and get more details on the affected areas, go to mta.info