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Amtrak’s pet-friendly travel trial

Amtrak pets on boardFrom 5 May through 2 November 2014, Amtrak is conducting a trial program for owners traveling with their pets.  The Carry-on Pet Pilot Program will allow passengers to bring cats and small dogs, up to 20 pounds including the carrier, on selected train services in the Chicago region.

Amtrak petsThe carriers are considered a piece of carry-on baggage and the fee per pet is $25.00.  No more than four pets will be allowed  per train.

To qualify for the Amtrak scheme, your  dog will need to be harmless, odorless and at least eight weeks old.

In an Amtrak press release, Joe Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak said, “Amtrak is supportive of accommodating pets on trains, and through direct collaboration with the Illinois Department of Transportation and a working group led by U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham of California we are optimistic a plan can be reached to address the needs and concerns of all our passengers.”

It’s a start…let’s hope the trial goes well.  All aboard!