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Amtrak started giving animal companions a ticket to ride on some routes in the northeast and Midwest last October. The pilot program ended earlier this month, and Amtrak is now on the fast track to expand its Pets on Trains policy. Cats and dogs under 20 pounds are now allowed on the Springfield Shuttles, Northeast, Downeaster, Virginia, and Illinois regional routes and all cross country routes except the Auto Train. Animals can also travel on the Acela Express, but only on Saturdays and Sundays.
It was Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), who asked Amtrak to get the Pets on Trains policy rolling after he discovered his French Bulldog couldn't travel with him when he took the train. His Pets on Trains Act is part of the larger Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act. The act allows Amtrak to have at least one pet friendly car on each train.
To travel with your cat, you need to make your reservations with at an Amtrak ticket agent or call 1-800-USA-RAIL. But your cat won't be getting a free ride. Tickets for animals cost $25.
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