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Traveling by public transit with a dog

Traveling by Berlin public transit with a pet dog

Reader Simone’s reference, in a recent post, to taking Spock, her Cavalier, on Berlin’s subway and buses reminded me that Dog Jaunt has a collection of posts about public transit pet policies, and Berlin needs to be on it.

Berlin’s public transit menu includes rapid transit and commuter trains (U-Bahn and S-Bahn), regional trains (Deutsche Bahn’s Regionalbahn and Regional-Express), trams, buses, and ferries.

The BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) operates the U-Bahn, the city’s trams and buses, and much of the ferry system. Small  … Read more

America’s “best cities for public transit:” Pet policies for Miami, Milwaukee and Cleveland

This post was inspired by the results of a recent Walk Score survey, published in The Atlantic, listing the 25 “best cities for public transit” in the U.S. At the top of the list is New York, and Raleigh, NC is at the bottom. I’ve been researching the pet policies of major public transit systems since Dog Jaunt’s earliest days, and I’ve been happily surprised by the results. Most public transit systems do allow pets on board, though it has  … Read more

Taking a pet dog on a Metro-North commuter train

Chloe and I took planes, trains, and automobiles together on our recent trip around New England — and when I say trains, I mean Metro-North commuter trains, since Amtrak doesn’t allow pet dogs on board. After driving around Massachusetts and New Hampshire and New York and Connecticut for a couple of weeks, I planned to meet my husband in Brooklyn, and since I will not drive anywhere near Manhattan, I opted to drop off the rental car in New Haven  … Read more

Photo Friday: Seattle Light Rail

The extension of Seattle’s light rail line to the airport has been open since mid-December 2009, but we took our first trip on it this past weekend. Chloe and I left the car in downtown Seattle and rode to the airport to meet my husband, who was returning from a few days in the Bay Area. As you can see, Chloe traveled in her Creature Leisure Carry Den XT (the backpack was a good choice, since there’s a bit of  … Read more

Taking a dog from Washington D.C. to New York City by public transit? Almost….

This topic came up yesterday in a tweet from a new follower who wondered if I knew of a way for her car-less aunt to get from her new home in D.C. to NYC, with a dog. I’ve written about this before, but the details are buried in several posts about public transit pet policies. So here’s what I’ve learned, in an easy-to-reach location.

You can almost travel between New York and Washington D.C. via pet-friendly public transit systems, except for  … Read more

Charleston, SC public transit: No pet dogs allowed

Photo by rjones0856

Charleston, South Carolina is a lovely, historic place to visit — but you won’t be using public transportation to get around, because CARTA (Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority) does not allow pet dogs on its buses, even in carriers.

Independent providers offer tours of the historic area, and organize trips to Fort Sumter and historic plantations outside the city, but most are not pet-friendly (including the ubiquitous Gray Line tour buses). One shining exception is “Doin’ The Charleston”  … Read more

Traveling by Denver public transit with a small dog

Photo by DenverDwellings

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (“RTD”) offers bus and light-rail service in and around Colorado’s capital city. The system covers eight counties, and stretches between Boulder and Nederland in the west, Longmont in the north, Highlands Ranch in the south, and Aurora in the east. RTD also has a fleet of airport shuttles (“skyRide” buses) that carry passengers between the airport and Denver and surrounding communities, including Boulder.

Although RTD has a really admirable website, it took some digging  … Read more

Austin, TX public transit: No pet dogs allowed

I was reading last night about the many fun things to do in Austin, including grazing at the fabulous (and dog-friendly) Sunset Valley farmer’s market, and it reminded me to call Austin’s Capital Metro this morning to find out about their pet policy. Cap Metro operates buses, streetcars, and now a brand-new rail line in the Austin area, but two separate customer service representatives told me that only service dogs are allowed on board. [Since I first wrote this post,  … Read more

Traveling by New Orleans public transit with a small dog

Photo by David Paul Ohmer

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (“RTA” or “NORTA”) operates buses and streetcars in the cities of New Orleans and Kenner. The system was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina (flooding ruined dozens of vehicles, damaged tracks and other infrastructure, and made the RTA’s headquarters uninhabitable) but has been recovering. You will have to admire the RTA’s grit and determination from a distance, however, because only service dogs are allowed aboard its buses and streetcars. (I  … Read more

Traveling with a small dog: What other people think

I’m writing this because I’ve been reminded by yet another set of comments on a blog post about pet travel that there are a lot of people out there who really dislike dogs. I can hear you thinking “Why should I care what other people think?” You should care because there is often a big disconnect between our perception of pet travel and other people’s perceptions, and if you’re not aware of it ahead of time, you’ll be shocked when  … Read more