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MBTA riders unafraid after Brussels attacks

Routines go on as usual as security enhanced at city transit hubs

Commuters gather at South Station Wednesday, March 23.

Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

Cities around the world stepped up security at major transit hubs in the wake of terrorist attacks Tuesday at an airport and metro station in Brussels.

Boston was no different, as Logan Airport brought in an enhanced police presence and the MBTA dispatched additional uniformed officers to its stations. That continued Wednesday.

“Out of an abundance of caution, MBTA personnel and police continue their stepped up vigilance and visibility around the transit system,” T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said Wednesday.

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A message urging riders to report unusual activity is also being sent out systemwide, Pesaturo said.

So with tensions especially high, we asked commuters Wednesday whether they felt safe riding the T.

Len Gosule, 72, Stoughton

|<image-caption><p><b>Len Gosule, 72, Stoughton</b><b><br/></b></p></image-caption>|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

“I’m aware, but I feel pretty safe. It doesn’t mean that I’m not aware that it could happen here, but I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it or worrying about it.”

Jason Brabazon, Boston, 66

|<image-caption><p><b>Jason Brabazon, Boston, 66</b></p></image-caption>|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

“If lightning is going to strike, it’s going to strike. It happened at the marathon, so you can’t say it couldn’t happen around here, but it’s just not my personality. You could get hit by a truck crossing the street, but you still have to cross the street.”

Adelyn Graf, 21, Wilton, Connecticut

|<image-caption><p><b>Adelyn Graf, 21, Wilton, Connecticut</b></p></image-caption>|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

“I mean, you’ve got to use public transportation, so it might be a little bit more scary, but you have to use it. You don’t really have a choice. I just have to cross my fingers, I guess.”

 

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