A major MTA construction project involving more than a dozen subway lines has left all too many straphangers going nowhere fast.
"It's much longer. It's inconvenient but what can you do?" asked commuter Cynthia Joseph.
The unpleasant answer: not much.
Weekend service changes are nothing new, but this weekend is especially painful.
Express trains running local, stations skipped and shuttle buses instead of trains.
"I'm late for work. I planned on being to work by 11 o'clock. I'm not going to make it," commuter Elaine Dennis said.
Commuter Melissa Kelly said, "It's a hassle because I have a little one and it makes a longer time to travel."
It's an alphabet soup of subway lines: the 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, D, F, G, J, Q, S are all affected.
"Every single weekend they mess up the trains and we've got to go through this. It's hours, hours to wai for these trains," commuter Jose Tirado complained.
This is the MTA's version of spring cleaning; outdoor work on elevated stations that could not be done in the winter months.
That means you can expect the sound of jackhammers and the sight of workers in hard hats for the next several months. The MTA is in the midst of an $11.2 billion rebuilding project.
Some of the repairs that this weekend's work involves are fixing the tracks, signals, repairing platforms and gap fillers.
Ridership is lighter during the weekends. This is why it is being done at that time. However, even though there are fewer riders, thousands will still be impacted.