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Security presence increased at CT transportation hubs

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Security presence increased at CT transportation hubs (WFSB) Security presence increased at CT transportation hubs (WFSB)

As the world remains on high alert following the attacks in Paris, in Connecticut police are staying vigilant and focusing efforts on the state’s mass transit system.

A number of different agencies are working together to sweep trains and buses, and to also keep their eyes open for anything suspicious.

Inside New Haven’s Union Station there are bomb sniffing dogs along with police armed with long guns.

Commuters like Cheryl Wasserman said they are happy to see the security.

"I'm very nervous. I think the trains have yet to be hit and when I said goodbye to my husband I was tearful,” Wasserman, of Washington D.C., said.

Members of the state, Amtrak, Metro North, and New Haven police department are all keeping an eye out on commuters, and those traveling after the attacks.

"We're out here and we're doing our job, trying to keep passengers safe,” said Trooper First Class P.J. Conway.

He and his partner are with the Connecticut State Police Mass Transit Security Team, which is a group of troopers who are looking to detect explosives and radiation, focusing specifically on trains, buses and ferry terminals.

Whether they are detecting possible explosives or just being a deterrent, for some, seeing this can help put the mind at ease.

"They use this rail system every day. A lot of them don't have another option, so they thank us for being here and keeping them safe,” Conway said.

"I love it. These dogs are well trained, they're here to protect us and just seeing how they work and how they're trained, it’s good,” Wasserman added.

There is no specific threat to Connecticut, but police will continue to keep the upgraded presence at transportation hubs around the state.

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