CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With congested stops and hundreds taking advantage of the Queen City's public transportation system, local law enforcement is stepping up their game in light of New York City's most recent terror attack.

"That's great they're being more proactive than reactive and waiting for different things to happen," one CATS rider told NBC Charlotte.

Many light rail riders revealed they're relieved to hear that the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is stepping up patrols after Monday's attack in New York.

Some told us they could never imagine an attack like that happening in the Queen City, but CATS officials said they need as much help as they can get. They're encouraging all riders to say something if they see something.

"It's good to see they're taking the initiative," another rider said.

CATS wouldn't say how long the increased presence of law enforcement would last, only saying they would continue until it is no longer needed.