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Amtrak launches pilot allowing cats and dogs on trains

Posted on April 30, 2014

Photo by Rob Marquardt via Flickr

Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation are launching a pilot program allowing travelers to bring their pets along on trains between Chicago and Quincy, Ill.

For a fee of $25, dogs or cats up to 20 pounds each will be accepted in carriers such as those used in airplane cabins and placed at the feet and under the seat of each pet owner.

The six-month pilot program, running May 5 through Nov. 2 on Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains,  is scheduled to be continuously reviewed.

“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. “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.”

Amtrak allowed pets on board in the 1970s but only in baggage cars that had no heating, air conditioning or ventilation. The service was discontinued after less than 10 years, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari in a Chicago Sun-Times report.

Amtrak routinely welcomes service animals on trains at no charge and that policy is unchanged.

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