PORTLAND, Maine — After a successful pilot program that allowed small pets to accompany passengers for an extra fee, the Amtrak Downeaster recently made its pet program permanent for all trains traveling between Brunswick and Boston’s North Station.
Nearly 100 small dogs and cats have ridden on Downeaster trains during the pilot program that began last October, with consistently positive feedback from passengers and train crews. The Downeaster was the second Amtrak route in the country to test‐run the pet program, which has since been rolled out to many other routes.
“The ability to bring my dog onboard the Amtrak Downeaster has been a game changer,” said Dennis Estes of Boston in an Amtrak press release. “I no longer have to rent a car to visit family in southern Maine. I simply call ahead, make a reservation, sign the pet waiver, and then sit back and enjoy the ride with Tobo, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.”
The Downeaster has also added pet friendly travel packages in Maine and Boston, making travel with four legged companions even easier.
Pet service is available on most Amtrak routes from coast to coast:
Pets 20 pounds or less for only $25