Amtrak Pet Policy: Pilot Program to Allow Cats and Dogs on Board

by Burke Speaker | April 29, 2014 11:49 am

An Amtrak pet policy is being testing that would allow dogs and cats under 20 pounds on board passenger trains.

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The pilot program is beginning in Illinois.

Between May 5 and Nov. 2, the Chicago to Quincy, Ill., line (a some 4.5 hour trek) would allow pets with a $25 fee.

One or two cars would be reserved for the pets — to keep them away from those who do not want to be near pets or those allergic.

The move is part of the Carry-On Pet[1] pilot program.

Via the Chicago Sun-Times:[2]

Amtrak is “supportive” of accommodating pets on trains and “we are optimistic a plan
can be reached to address the needs and concerns of all our passengers,’’ Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said in a news release.

The agency is collaborating on the project with the Illinois Department of Transportation, which funds Amtrak, and a working group led by U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, a California Republican, who has been pushing for a nationwide pets-on-trains law.

“We in Illinois welcome this exciting new pilot program, which is something that has been suggested by train passengers,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider in a press release[3]. “By listening to and accommodating all passengers, I am hopeful we can create a long-term policy that allows pets on trains and makes traveling on Amtrak even more appealing to a wider audience.”

Pets would need to remain in the carriers while on board.

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Endnotes:
  1. Carry-On Pet: http://www.amtrak.com/carry-on-pet-pilot
  2. the Chicago Sun-Times:: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/27110122-418/chicago-will-be-testing-ground-for-amtraks-pets-on-board-program.html
  3. press release: http://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/534/750/Amtrak-Illinois-Pets-on-Train-Pilot-ATK-14-043.pdf
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