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Amtrak just announced a pilot program that will allow pets on board their trains. Chicago will be the city hosting the pilot program and travelers on two selected Illinois trains will be able to bring a pet in a carrier as long as the pet weighs less than 20 pounds and the carrier fits under the pet owner’s seat

The charge for bringing a pet on board will be $25, and each train will have a pet-free car for travelers with allergies or no desire to share a car with an animal.  This is exciting news for pet owners who enjoy the convenience of train travel, but don’t want to leave their pets at home. The pilot program should work out any kinks in the system, like how to handle an incessantly barking dog, before it is rolled out to other Amtrak lines.

This isn’t the first time Amtrak has allowed pets on board. In the 1970s, pets were allowed, but had to ride in less than ideal conditions. Pets had to ride in baggage cars with no heat, air conditioning, or ventilation. The program lasted less than 10 years.

Amtrak has always allowed service animals to ride their trains at no cost, but this new service will allow pet owners to bring ALL their family members with them on their next vacation.

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