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Security, extra trains added as riders head to NYC for papal visit

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Police stepped up patrols at Union Station in New Haven ahead of the papal visit to New York City. (WFSB photo) Police stepped up patrols at Union Station in New Haven ahead of the papal visit to New York City. (WFSB photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police stepped up patrols at New Haven’s Union Station on Friday ahead of the large crowds expected to be traveling to New York City for the papal visit.

They said train riders will see more officers in the main area and on the platforms.

Many told Eyewitness News that they thought it was warranted for safety reasons.

They said they didn’t mind it.

"It seems like there's a lot of excitement in the air,” said Anthony Riccio, a rider. “People want to go and see the Pope."

Officials said several departments, including New Haven, Amtrak and Metropolitan Transportation Authority police added extra officers to handing the crowds and look for anything suspicious.

The increased patrols will be on hand Friday between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

They did not say how many extra officers were added. However, they promised that they’d be very visible.

Metro-North said it is also making some changes to its schedule. Three additional trains were added going into Grand Central Terminal.

The complete schedule can be seen here.

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