Sure, cats and trains sometimes play like cats and dogs, but they might just have a friendlier future if Amtrak's latest plan pans out.
Shortly after the rail service invited writers to apply for traveling residencies, Amtrak announced an initiative to welcome pets (and their owners) aboard trains between Chicago and Quincy, IL for an additional $25 fee. The pet-passenger trains will run in a six-month trial period this May through November before potentially expanding nationwide.
In a press release, Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman said the company “is supportive of accommodating pets on trains", and is "optimistic" about working out a plan to expand the permission of pets while working alongside lawmakers.
Fido or Fifi can't just stroll about the cabin unleashed, however. Passengers are permitted only one pet per person, limited to cats and dogs under 20lbs and more than eight weeks old. With just one car per train allocated to pets, a maximum of four animals are allowed at a time on one train.