Bill proposes train travel with pets

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - 7:10 am

The Pets on Trains Act of 2013, introduced in Congress in May, would allow passengers to take their cats or dogs along when traveling on certain trains operated by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger corporation. Amtrak operates 300 trains to more than 500 destinations daily, but throughout its 40 years, the railroad has strictly prohibited all pets from the train unless they are service animals. Most of us share a common love for a dog or cat we have at home, and we consider them family. So, why can't our family come with us while traveling? Pets can be crated on a plane, so why not on Amtrak? I know how stressful it is driving a long distance with my dog in the car. Riding Amtrak and being able to take my pet would be a lot easier, especially around holidays. I fully support the Amtrak pet bill.

-- Alina Moll, Sacramento

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