Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trains
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Jeff Denham of California likes to take the occasional plane ride with his French bulldog, Lily. But when he tried to take her on Amtrak a couple years back, he learned that only service dogs were allowed.
It's a policy the Republican congressman has been trying to change ever since, and he appears to be gaining momentum.
Denham says that allowing people to bring small dogs and cats with them in pet carriers would encourage more people to travel by train and bring in much needed revenue to a business that relies on taxpayer support.
So far, Denham has succeeded in persuading Amtrak to conduct a test run for pets along two routes in Illinois. Now, Denham has sponsored a bill designed to expand the service nationally.