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MTA Increases Security At City Transit Hubs

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it beefed up security at subway stations and transit hubs in the wake of Monday's Boston blasts. NY1's Transit reporter Jose Martinez filed the following report.

Straphangers should expect to see random bag inspections, police dogs and an even more visible security presence than usual as they make their way around the city on subways and buses.

Commuters said Monday's deadly explosions in Boston serve as a reminder that New York is always on high alert.

"It reminds everyone of certain events that changed our lives forever, so you're always going to be aware. I think you're aware of kind of a daily basis," said a mass transit user.

At Penn Station in Midtown, New York City Police Department officers and agents from the federal Transportation Security Administration searched commuters' bags steps from turnstiles leading to the 1, 2 and 3 trains, as part of a shared security measure started by the agencies in 2010.

Heavily armed Amtrak police officers patrolled the entrance to the busy transit hub as commuters rushed to catch their trains.

While the NYPD and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are beefing up security around some subway stations in the city, some straphangers told NY1 that Monday was just business as usual.

"I feel that it's always a threat out there. And we have to go on with our daily lives regardless," said one commuter.

"I feel like there's a lot of people but that's always kind of New York. I think I'm looking forward to getting home," said another.

In a statement, MTA officials said they are reminding employees to be vigilant, adding that the increased security coverage is staying in place until a clear picture emerges of what caused Monday's explosions in Boston.

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