By Whitney Williams, Meteorologist/Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Next time you board an Amtrak train that runs the Quincy-to-Chicago route, you could be riding along with some furry friends.
According to Amtrak, Amtrak and the state of Illinois will be running a six month carry-on pet pilot program. Amtrak's website says only dogs and cats will be allowed to board the train and it will be one pet per person.
Amtrak passengers says they can see both the positive and negative side to this program.
"I think it's pretty cool just because I really like pets," Justin Heming said. "But the only problem with it is, is people like me and my dad have pet allergies and they really bother you if you spend too much time with pets. So maybe if they were in a separate car."
"I think it's very nice for the pet owners, when they're traveling, they don't have to think about putting them in a kennel," Jill Baker said.
"I think it'd be fine as long as they're on a separate car," Kaitlyn Shanks said. "Because can't really mix them with people who agree with it and people who disagree."
Passengers who want to bring their pets must board in Chicago, Naperville or Galesburg. But they can end their trip at any station.
For more information about pet ticket pricing and pet regulations, click here.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Woodworth at 217-228-6617. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.