CHICAGO (AP) -
Amtrak officials are getting ready to launch a six-month experiment to see
whether pets should be allowed aboard the passenger trains.
month, small pets will be allowed to travel on the Illinois Zephyr and Carl
Sandburg lines between Chicago and Quincy.
The rules would be
similar to those for cats and dogs that travel inside airplanes: the animals
must weigh 20 pounds or less and be in certain types of carriers. The
animals would need to be placed under a seat or at their owners’ feet.
say the animals would only be allowed on stations in Chicago, Naperville and
Galesburg and owners would have to pay $25 for the animal. Advance
reservations would be required.
If the project is a
success, the effort could be expanded.