While many straphangers are heading to work in the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer E train station at rush hour, many others have no place to be. They're homeless, spending their time on the subway cars and platforms, and in the bathrooms.
"People are bathing in there with buckets," said one rider. "It's horrible."
On this particular morning, every train we saw had homeless people on it. Others who ride the trains say it's affecting their quality of life, that they can't ride in some cars because of conditions there.
"Some mornings, we have to run from one train car to the next train car," said one rider. "And what is so bad is that they take up four and five cars."
"They lay out on the cars. They do their business. They have a high smell odor," said another. "It's very unhealthy."
We can show you what it looks like, but we can't show you what it smells like. We can only tell you that the stench is indescribable.
...a subway cleaner who spoke to NY1 off camera said that he's witnessed a number of violations, including "a lot of the homeless defecating, urinating in the car on the seats, right there on the floor. They just drop their pants and just do what they got to do, and you know, you got to deal with that."