Amtrak has been running a pilot program in Illinois allowing pets to ride the trains with their humans. Travel and Leisure reported on Monday that the program has been expanded to include the Northeast and New England: "You Can Now Bring Pets on Some Amtrak Trains." There's a $25 fee and some restrictions: the pet must be in a carrier, and the carrier and the pet together cannot weigh more than 20 pounds.
The article quotes Amtrak president and CEO Joe Boardman as saying, "We have listened to our passengers looking for other transportation options while traveling with their pets." For dogs who weigh in at more than 20 pounds, it seems there is still only one travel option: riding in the car.
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Thanks to Mark Josefsburg for bringing this to our attention