Good News for Animal Lovers: Amtrak to Let Pets on More Trains

December 3, 2015

By Daniel Roberts in Fortune Magazine

A victory for furry friends.

Congress agreed to a new highway spending bill on Tuesday, and buried more than 800 pages into that measure is a provision that will make dog-owners and cat-owners who travel by train very happy: Amtrak will soon have to allow the animals on many more trains.Website Insert New Passenger Train Service copy

Under the new bill, Amtrak will expand a pilot program that devotes at least one car per train to passengers toting a dog or cat (in a required travel bag, of course).

Amtrak has already allowed pets on some rail lines, but never all. This past October, the rail service announced it would begin testing a program on its Northeast Regional and Downeaster lines. The program allows a dog or cat, in a carrying bag, and under a weight limit of 20 lbs. (including the bag), for a $25 fee. It launched the program after first successfully doing so in Illinois.

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