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Amtrak Finally Welcomes Furry Friends for a Fee

May 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | ()

Fido and Fluffy will no longer be sad back at home during your next trip, as Amtrak is now welcoming furry friends on certain trains and some routes. Just yesterday Amtrak started up this new program, so now you can plan your vacation itinerary with some tourist stops that your dog will enjoy as well—world’s largest fire hydrant?

The train transportation giant has a few special cars that will allow pets as part of a trial run that will do its thing for like six months or so. Amtrak's Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains that do their thing between spots in Illinois like Chicago and Quincy are part of the pilot, and if the animals behave things might just become available nationwide on more trains and more routes.

This is the first time that Amtrak has allowed pets—other than service animals—to travel alongside their human friends in the passenger cars, so it’s kind of a big deal. Of course it’s going to cost you, but we’re kind of thinking that their fees are more than reasonable. It will be $25 for the right to do so, and things are limited to cats and dogs up to 20 pounds. Just be sure your pet is secured in an appropriate carrier, and that it’s placed under the seat—roaming the aisles will likely be frowned upon.

While not as fast as taking your pet along with you up in the air this is a pretty great—and probably much safer—alternative. Be sure to let us know if you end up taking your puppy or kitty for a train ride.

[Photo: John Pastor]

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