Morning commuters said they reacted to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death with happiness, but some are worried about the possibility of retribution in the Bay Area and nationwide.
Letitia Moore, who took BART to San Francisco from the East Bay on Monday morning, said she is concerned.
“This may be good news, but it doesn’t end terror,” she said.
On her BART ride into San Francisco, Moore said she noticed the presence of BART police officers but said things weren’t too different from an ordinary morning commute.
Robert Blaisdell, a resident of San Francisco’s South of Market district and a student at the Art Institute of California, said he was very happy when he saw the news on Facebook on Sunday night.
“It symbolizes some type of victory,” he said. “It’s symbolic of justice.”
San Bruno resident Elizabeth Caceres, 76, said she was excited to hear that bin Laden had been killed,
“I was like, ‘Wow, thank God’,” she said.
Caceres said she is not usually one to celebrate death, but that she was especially glad to learn of bin Laden’s demise because her daughter had been living near the World Trade Center in New York during the Sept. 11 attack.
Caceres said she felt nervous riding BART on Monday morning because of the chance of retribution.
Despite her nerves, Caceres said she has to just keep living.
“If it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen,” she said.
BART has increased security and is on a high-risk alert Monday.
All available BART police officers are being used to provide maximum security for riders, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.
BART’s police department canceled scheduled training sessions Monday in order to make more officers accessible, Johnson said.
There is no specific time frame for how long the extra security will be in place, but Johnson said extra officers will be out “for as long as it takes to feel comfortable.”