Legislation would allow some pets on Amtrak

May 22, 2013

Bo, the Obamas’ dog, when he was a 6-month-old puppy. A new bill introduced in the House on Tuesday might allow him and other pets to travel via Amtrak. (Pete Souza/The White House)

Snakes on a plane? Maybe not. But pets on a train? Perhaps.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow travelers to be able to take their dogs and cats on certain Amtrak trains.

“My dog, Lily, is a 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?” Denham said in a news release announcing the legislation. “Allowing families to bring their animals with them will facilitate transportation and efficiency while also providing a much-needed source of revenue for Amtrak.”

Current Amtrak policy doesn’t allow pets with the exception of service animals.

H.R. 2066, The Pets on Trains Act, is co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). It has been endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States. The legislation would require Amtrak to implement a pet policy.

Update, 10:00 a.m. —

Post readers have a lot of opinions on this topic. Here’s a sampling of what some folks are saying on Twitter. What are your thoughts?



Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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