NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In the wake of two bombs detonating in New York and New Jersey and the discovery of a back pack filled with pipe bombs at a New Jersey train station, Connecticut also took notice and precautions.
“We don’t go into detail on what we are doing, but people may notice some heightened security,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.
At Union Station in New Haven a stepped up police presence was visible and welcome for Amtrak and Metro North riders.
“There’s more police presence everywhere, so I feel comfortable.” said Kyle Emshwiller who was on her way to New York.
Hamden Hall decided to continue on 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C.
“A couple of their parents were concerned but kids didn’t have questions, really,” said Jim Craddock, one of the chaperones from Hamden Hall. “They are excited.”
The concern stemmed from the discovery police made Sunday night. Authorities found a backpack full of pipe bombs near an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station. One detonated as authorities tried to disarm it.
“I work a block away from there so when that goes off I said that could’ve been me,” said Lij Allen, who commutes from Hamden to NYC everyday and works one block over from the blast site on 23rd Street.
As a result this morning, Acela Express and Northeast Regional riders, experienced delays and schedule changes that effected New Haven travelers too.
“I was scheduled on the 4:00 a.m. train so I’m still waiting,” said Armel Kouassi who was waiting at Union Station. “I switched to the Acela and I’m hoping to get a 10 to Boston. I understand the trains being delayed on the New York side which makes sense. Although we are struggling – for safety, I understand.”
John Quinn from East Haven says his wife was a little nervous as he boarded the train into Manhattan, but he kept his eyes wide open, just in case more attacks were planned.
Both Amtrak and Metro North said they had increased security. A police dog and her handler checked out bags at the station.
At union station there has been an increase in police presence, a couple of marked cars parked right out front clearly visible and as there have been ripples of concern throughout the rails after that attack down in New York City, people here saying they are definitely keeping their eyes out looking side to side making sure they know what is going on, on the train.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty was riding the train to New York City and then on to Washington D.C. and was glad to see the bomb dogs and added security in New Haven.
“I think it is important to give people that reassurance, that peace of mind. We spend a lot of money on Homeland Security and I’m glad to see that it is put to good use here in New Haven,” said Esty.
And appreciated by others just passing through.
“I feel very secure traveling in this great country,” said Bob McAlpine of Washington, D.C.
Travelers felt the extra security was good enough to keep their own schedules on track.