Every straphanger has a tale of subway woe:
"I was on the 2/3 and in the middle of the commute they were like, 'This train isn’t running anymore,"” said one rider.
"I was underground for about an hour-and-a-half," said another.
It was more of the same on Monday morning with major delays on the F and G lines because of signal problems.
The transit advocacy group, the Riders Alliance, capitalized on the misery rushing the release of its new booklet, "The Worst Commutes of 2018."
(The cover of "The Worst Commutes of 2018")
"We asked riders to submit their entries on the terrible times they had on the subway, and submit they did; we got thousands of stories over several short weeks," Danny Pearlstein of the Riders Alliance said at a press conference.
Tara S. made the cut with a nearly three-hour delay on the G line:
"'Ok, this is it,'" she wrote, "'these are the people. I will spend the rest of my life with. I'll never see my cat again or my partner and we will starve to death in the G train.'"
Deborah D. said her tale of misery began when her train got stuck between 110th and 116th Streets.
"I went into pre-labor and then went straight to the hospital once I got off that train," she said.
For some straphanger stories, the titles of their submissions said it all. Some included:
"I Could Have Traveled to Boston in Less Time."
"My Marriage Proposal Went Awry."
"I Missed My Audition."
"I Had the Beginning Symptoms of Hypothermia."
The Riders Alliance has now sent copies of the publication to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other leaders in Albany, in the hope that they'll read it before going back to work next year.
(Members of transit advocacy group the Riders Alliance hold a press conference about their "Worst Commutes of 2018" book, and to demand state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo fund repairs to New York City transit. Angi Gonzalez/NY1.)
"On behalf of all transit riders, to the folks up in Albany who have the power over the MTA and the responsibility to fix the subway, to fully fund transit and adopt congestion pricing," Pearlstein said.
The MTA did not respond to our request for comment.
Members of the Riders alliance said that without a concerted effort to address the MTA's problems, there will be many editions of "The Worst Commutes" in the years ahead.
Update, 9:54 p.m. In a statement, the MTA said, "Millions of New Yorkers a day ride the subway and we're focused on improving service for each and every one of them — tireless efforts over the last year have stabilized and begun to turn service around and our efforts are not letting up.”