The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act passed last week by a vote of 316-101 (132 Republicans joined 184 Democrats in voting for the bill; 101 Republicans voted against). The Act holds funding for Amtrak, the USA’s national rail network, at current levels.
But, the big news for dog lovers is that the rail line will designate at least one car per train, where feasible, for pets, so that passengers “may transport a domesticated cat or dog in the same manner as carry-on baggage.”
Representative Jeff Denham, a Republican from California, supported the bill because he likes to travel with Lily, his French Bulldog. Lily can ride on airplanes with Denham but has been unable to do so on train trips.
In 2014, Amtrak initiated a trial project into pet-friendly travel. That trial was only in the Chicago area – now Amtrak must accept pets on a much wider basis.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand