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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Connecticut transit system beefed up

Here's the latest from the Hartford Courant:
State troopers will ride Metro-North and Amtrak trains and patrol stations in the wake of blasts targeting London's transit system, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Thursday.

Rell signed an order allowing New York troopers to make arrests on trains and at stations in Connecticut, and New York Gov. George E. Pataki gave Connecticut troopers the same power in his state.

"The current situation requires that all governors work together," said Rell, who said she was also in contact with New Jersey Gov. Richard J. Codey. "Metro-North already has highly trained security personnel, but having our state troopers provide protection on the train is one additional layer of security we can provide. We want every commuter to know that they are as safe as they possibly can be."

Though there has been no indication of any threat against the region, Rell said Connecticut must take every possible precaution in the wake of the London explosions.
Better to be safe than sorry. For many, the Metro-North is the primary source of transportation with people traveling to and from New York.
The commuter railroad's New Haven line runs along the Connecticut shoreline into New York City. With 110,000 riders a day, it's one of the busiest rail lines in the U.S.