Transit Alert Hits Home

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

July 7, 2005

The American response Thursday was to raise the terror alert for transit to orange, it's second highest level.

In Charlottesville, Amtrak is a main source of transportation for commuters. Passengers had different reactions of traveling after the attacks in London. The mood in the train station was calm, but there were definitely people who were apprehensive about travel.

"When I get on the train, I just have to pray hard that we make it to Atlanta ok and we make it safe," said Clara Nelson, who was traveling with her husband to their son's wedding.

One commuter from Alexandria said the biggest difference wasn't on the Amtrak train, but actually the metro station in Washington, DC.

"The first and last cars on the train were empty and everybody was compressed in the rest of the cars. They either run four or six car trains," explained Andrea Grenadier who arrived on the last train to Charlottesville tonight.

Despite the heightened security, passengers say they plan to travel as usual.

"It didn't change my commute any or my habits any because that's how I get to work and this is how I come to Charlottesville so no changes. You just live the way you live," said Grenadier.

The Charlottesville trains ran as normal without any unusual activity.


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