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Amtrak Uses Galesburg To Help Test Pet Policy

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 234

Trip on some Amtrak routes, if you’ll pardon the expression, could soon get a little “ruff.”

Amtrak announced this week that they’re testing a new policy allowing small pets on Amtrak lines, by allowing them on the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains that stop daily in Galesburg on the way to Chicago and Quincy.

Amtrak Director of Government Relations Derrick James says the policy, in response to customer requests, doesn’t mean you bring every pet on board a train with you.

“The dog or cat cannot be heavier than 20 pounds and the animal, the beloved one, must fit in a carrier that’s no larger than ten-and-a-half inches because the carrier must fit underneath the passenger seat,” says James.

James says pets will only be allowed to board at staffed Amtrak stations. So for this pilot project, he says that means Galesburg, Naperville, and Chicago, because paperwork must be filled out. There’s also a $25 service charge for taking a pet on board.

Pets will be accepted from May fifth until November second, as it is just a pilot project that could eventually be rolled out system wide.