Amtrak extending and expanding its pet program

Posted at 3:54 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 15:54:45-05

Amtrak is extending and expanding its pets program.

Amtrak says after overwhelming success of its pilot program on select trains, it has now made the pets programs permanent on eastern and select mid-western corridor trains.

It's also expanded the program to its long distance trains throughout the nation, with exception of the auto train.

Amtrak says more than 2,700 pets have traveled with their human companions along the northeast corridor since the pilot program launched in October.

If you plan to travel Amtrak with your pet, Amtrak says only one cat or one small dog are allowed in an enclosed carrier on trips up to 7 hours in length.

Both pet and carrier must be a combined weight of 20 pounds.

Advance reservations are required and a surcharge of $25, each way, will be assessed for travel.