Starting May 5 on the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains between Chicago and Quincy, IL, furry passengers under 20 pounds can ride the rails for a $25 surcharge, reports NBC News.
But if you’ve had dreams of walking Fido down to the dining car or showing Buttons the view from the observation car, prepare for a reality check — pets must stay in secure carriers stowed under their owners’ seats, and can’t be taken out to do their bathroom business on any stops.
“There are stops at stations, but they’re not for that purpose,” a spokesman said. “The stops are pretty short.”
The route is part of a six-month trial program before Amtrak decides whether or not to allow pets on all its trains nationwide. This is a first for Amtrak, which previously only allowed service animals to travel in the passenger cabin. Some trains used to allow pets in the baggage cars, but not since the late 1970s.