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Amtrak to Test Letting Pets on Trains

If the project is a success, the effort could be expanded



    Amtrak to Launch Pet Experiment

    Next month Amtrak will begin a six-month experiment allowing pets on Illinois trains. (Published Tuesday, April 29, 2014)

    Here is some news to bark or meow over.

    Pets could soon be allowed on trains in the Philadelphia region if a trial period is a success.

    Amtrak officials are getting ready to launch a six-month experiment to see whether pets should be allowed aboard passenger trains.

    Beginning next month, small pets will be allowed to travel on the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg lines between Chicago and Quincy, according to NBC Chicago.

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

    The rules would be similar to those for cats and dogs that travel inside airplanes: the animals must weigh 20 pounds or less and be in certain types of carriers. The animals would need to be placed under a seat or at their owners' feet.

    Amtrak officials said the animals would only be allowed on stations in Chicago, Naperville and Galesburg and owners would have to pay $25 for the animal. Advance reservations would be required.

    If the project is a success, the effort could be expanded to other markets.