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October 12, 2015

Small dogs, cats now allowed on select Amtrak trains

Beginning Monday, Amtrak will allow pets on select trains along the Northeast Corridor.

From Monday to Feb. 15, 2016, pets will be allowed onboard Northeast Regional trains between the following cities: Boston, New York, Washington, Lynchburg, Newport News and Norfolk.

At this point, cats and dogs are the only types of pets accepted on Amtrak. Only one pet and one carrier per passenger are permitted.

Pet reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis, as no more than five pets are reserved per train. Passengers must check in at the station ticket office no later than 30 minutes before train departure time and must stay with their pets at all times.

In addition, pets must be at least 8 weeks old with a maximum weight of 20 pounds (including the carrier). They are not permitted in business class or food service cars and must remain inside the carrier at all times.

Amtrak noted that the guidelines do not pertain to passengers traveling with service animals.

Read more about Amtrak's pet policy here.