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Metra to Allow Pets (In Carriers) on Weekend Trains

By Alex Nitkin | January 13, 2016 4:01pm | Updated on January 15, 2016 10:58am

CHICAGO — Metra passengers are now allowed to bring pets onto weekend trains, the company announced Wednesday, as long as they're boarded and don't take up any passenger seats.

Expanding a pilot program the train service launched in October, Metra conductors will allow "small pets in enclosed protective carriers" on Saturday and Sunday trains, according to the announcement. The exact size limit wasn't specified, but the carriers should be "small enough to be carried on by a single person," it said.

Metra officials were quick to note that passengers should be ready to clean up after their pets if necessary, and that each train's staff "reserves the right to remove passengers with pets that are noisy or disturb other customers."

Officials said they began to consider allowing pets aboard after they were "presented with a petition" by riders last year.

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