New Legislation Introduced to Allow Pets on Amtrak

On Tuesday legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that would require Amtrak to allow passengers to travel with domesticated cats and dogs on certain trains. The Pets on Trains Act of 2013 would change current policy that prohibits dogs from being brought on trains unless they are service dogs for people with disabilities.

Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Representative Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) are the bipartisan co-sponsors of this bill. The new legislation would create policies for traveling with pets. The proposed legislation wouldn’t require Amtrak to add additional trains or cars, but trains with more than one passenger car would designate a car for passengers traveling with pets. A passenger travelling with a pet must pay an extra fee and keep their dog or cat inside a kennel or carrier.

Currently only service dogs are permitted on Amtrak, and this excludes comfort animals, search and rescue dogs and even police dogs.

“My dog, Lily, is part of our family and travels with us to and from California all the time. If I can take her on a plane, why can’t I travel with her on Amtrak, too?” said Denham. “Allowing families to bring their animals with them will facilitate transportation and efficiency while also providing a much-needed source of revenue for Amtrak.”




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    May 23, 2013 2:36 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    About damn time! Pets are family, too. And they’re usually a lot LESS noisy, messy, and disruptive than children.

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      May 23, 2013 5:04 pmPosted 10 months ago
      Paul

      Maybe they need to include special carriers for children.

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  • May 23, 2013 4:43 pmPosted 10 months ago
    dog friendly cottage

    All aboard! It’s great to be able to bring your dog on your travels.

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    May 26, 2013 10:36 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    People can and do have serious allergic reactions to pet dander . If pet owners must travel with their pets, they should have their own train car! Problem solved!

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    June 26, 2013 11:37 pmPosted 9 months ago
    marlene

    Great! It’s about time! Let’s have one car set aside for pets and their owners

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