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Commuters Unaffected By City's Latest Bomb Scare

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Despite Tuesday morning's reports of a bomb scare in the transportation system, millions of city commuters still used mass transit to get to work. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

Millions of people use the city's buses and subways every day, and ever since the September 11th terrorist attacks, the mass transit system has been a known potential terrorist target. Yet for most commuters in Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, it's only a thought in the back of their minds.

"I'm a little concerned, but if you let it modify your plans then you let the people who are trying to scare us win," said one commuter.

"You can't live in fear, you have to continue on with your life," said another. "And if the necessary security precautions are taken then hopefully it's okay."

Many commuters at Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal told NY1 they had heard reports about the possible bomb plot here in the United States but didn't give it much thought. Some even seemed desensitized to the news.

"I really haven't put more thought into it. You just hear about it so often, it's just more terrorism news," said another commuter.

Police stress more is being done in the city to prevent another attack than anywhere else and while many take comfort in that, some question whether it will ever be enough.

"Sometimes, because there's a lot of traffic going through the subway system, I'm a little concerned with all the bags and stuff who's up to what," said one commuter.

"Look man, if it's going to happen, it's going to happen," said another. "Ain't nothing the NYPD can do or anyone else."

While people may be used to living under the threat of another terror attack, police hope the public remains vigilant and heeds their call: "If you see something, say something."

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