GOP & White House Agree on Something – Pets Can NOW Ride The Rails !

Tayla Train to Jungfrau Switzerland

Tayla’s travels take us aboard the Swiss Jungfraubahn, on the Jungfrau Railway, a pioneering masterpiece among mountain railways, went into service in 1912. The cogwheel railway takes passengers from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe, which at 3,454 metres is Europe’s highest-altitude railway station in a world of rock, ice and snow. The journey to Europe’s highest railway station. Seven of the nine kilometres of railway are in a tunnel hewn in the rock of the Eiger and Mönch. The train stops for five minutes at each of two intermediate stations, the Eigerwand (Eiger Wall) and Eismeer (Sea of Ice), where passengers can marvel at the fascinating mountain world through panorama windows. The Jungfrau Railway climbs a height difference of 1400 metres in around 50 minutes.

Deputy Dog Tayla & her travel buddies will soon be able to ride the rails ! 

The U.S. is finally onboard with allowing pets to ride Amtrak trains.  What took so long?  Tayla has been riding the rails in Europe for years, and without i.d. or weight limitations.  Although the U.S. Amtrak rules may be a bit more stringent, and cap weight at 20 pounds, Tayla will be out there lobbying for big dogs not to be discriminated against – as she is now 40 pounds.  Cross fingers and paws this will happen so she can continue to accompany her two-legged travel partners on her next adventures.

Here’s the scoop (Washington Post)

An unusual statement came out from the White House on Monday evening: Support for House legislation.

The Republican-controlled House is expected to pass a bill Tuesday reauthorizing funding for Amtrak, and while the Obama administration isn’t 100 percent happy with it, the White House declared its support. A bipartisan bill is a rarity these days (the vote on the rules of debate for the bill passed unanimously!), and so is GOP legislation that President Obama wouldn’t veto.

Tucked into that popular bill is a very popular program both Democrats and Republicans like: Allowing pets to ride the rails.

Lily, 15 pound French Bulldog and Rep. Jeff Denham

Lily, 15-pound French Bulldog poses with Rep. Jeff Denham, at his Capitol Hill office.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), ever since learning that he couldn’t take his French bulldog, Lily, with him on the train, set out to change the rules so pets could accompany their owners on trips.

Denham’s push helped inspire Illinois to try out a pilot program of its own, allowing cats and dogs under 20 pounds to travel in carriers on select Amtrak lines for a $25 fee. Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman in Chicago, said the program has worked great, with 145 animals taking the train since it began last spring.

The passenger rail bill directs Amtrak to figure out the parameters of the program within one year of it passing. For instance, there might be limits on the lengths of trips (dogs need to go to the bathroom) and on designating pet cars (so people with allergies or who don’t like animals can ride in pet-free cars).

If the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that small animals are the great unifier.

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One thought on “GOP & White House Agree on Something – Pets Can NOW Ride The Rails !

  1. Fabulous Mary and Tayla!!! You are quite a team!!! love to all three of you girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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