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Security Measures, Seen And Unseen, Upped On Subways After Boston Attacks

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On the subway Tuesday, there was heightened security and a greater sense of awareness after the blasts in Boston. NY1 transit reporter Jose Martinez spoke with riders about the extra muscle that was seen and unseen.

Commuters might not have seen all the extra security Tuesday, but the New York City Police Department said it was there. It also urged straphangers to never let their guard down.

"I have to take the train in the morning, and it's an uncomfortable feeling not ever knowing what could ever happen," said one straphanger.

Some of the extra protection was plain to see. For the second straight day, NYPD officers made their their presence known in and around train stations in larger than usual numbers.

"I trust MTA police. I trust the NYPD," said one straphanger. "And I think they're doing a terrific job taking care of all of us."

Not everybody noticed the spike in security. Some commuters told NY1 they were able to see everything from bag checks to an increased police presence in and around subway stations, but others said they didn't see a bit of difference in their commute.

"I got on the Eastern Parkway stop, and normally, in past years and weeks, I've seen some security," said one straphanger. "There was none there this morning at all."

Michael Reilly of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health said that's just how authorities map it out, with security measures straphangers can see, such as bag checks, and those that go undetected.

"These things are in place to protect us, and hopefully, to potentially thwart or interdict an attack that may affect us in many different places, not just on the subways," Reilly said.

That's fine by straphangers, who said they just want to stay safe.

"If it can happen in Boston, it can happen, especially in New York," said one straphanger. "It's a major target in the world."

Officials have tried to reassure New Yorkers that they're safe on the train, but said security will remain high in the immediate aftermath of the Boston explosions.

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