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Traveling by public transit with a dog

San Francisco Bay ferries with a small dog

Photo by Jerry Downs

There are several companies providing ferry services across and around the Bay. I’m happy to report that all of them allow small dogs in carriers on board.

The Blue & Gold Fleet, based at Pier 39 in San Francisco, runs shoals of ferries around the Bay. Their routes include sightseeing tours to Angel Island and around the Bay, and regularly-scheduled trips to Tiburon, Sausalito, Alameda/Oakland and Vallejo (here’s a map of their routes). Their (pet) dog policy  … Read more

Traveling by Baltimore public transit with a small dog

The Maryland Transit Administration (or “MTA Maryland”) operates local bus, commuter bus, subway, light rail and commuter rail systems in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. A customer service representative told me that on all forms of transportation, small dogs in carriers are allowed on board, for no additional fee.

I am updating this post as of today’s date, 5/16/16, since there’s too much more info to give you than a parenthetical can hold. The MTA’s website now includes parts of its  … Read more

Traveling by Virginia Railway Express with a small dog

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) operates a commuter rail service connecting the Northern Virginia suburbs with Alexandria and Washington, D.C. The Manasses Line starts at Broad Run and Manassas; the Fredericksburg Line starts at Fredericksburg and comes into town by way of Quantico. VRE’s pet policy allows small dogs in carriers onboard: “Only small pets are allowed, and only if carried in closed containers. Trained guide and service animals assisting persons with disabilities are permitted at all times.”

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Traveling by St. Louis public transit with a small dog

Photo by Andrei Niemimäki

Metro operates bus (MetroBus) and light rail (MetroLink) systems in and around St. Louis, MO. Only service animals are allowed on Metro’s buses and trains.

Madison County Transit (or “MCT”), operates a bus system in Madison County, IL, located to the northeast of St. Louis. MCT also operates a weekday express bus service connecting Madison County with downtown St. Louis, as well as a regional bus service connecting Madison County with MetroLink and downtown St. Louis. The  … Read more

Traveling by Philadelphia public transit with a small dog

Photo by Bev Sykes

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates bus, subway, tram, light rail and commuter rail systems in and around Philadelphia. A separate entity, PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation) operates a rail line connecting Philadelphia with southern New Jersey suburbs from Camden to Lindenwold.

Two PATCO stops (Broadway and Lindenwold) connect with NJ Transit‘s rail system. At SEPTA’s Doylestown stop, riders can connect with Doylestown Rushbus (formerly Doylestown DART). The R2 branch of SEPTA is operated in conjunction with  … Read more

Traveling by London public transit with a dog

Photo by Salim Virji

Getting to London with a small dog isn’t easy (though the PETS scheme has certainly made it easier), but once you’re there, you’ll be able to take your dog on all forms of public transit. The types of transit included under Transport for London‘s umbrella include the Underground (“tube”), buses, the Docklands Light Railway (“DLR”), river boats, the tram, and the London Overground rail system.

Dogs, either on leashes or in a carrier, are allowed on the  … Read more

AirTrain Newark to NYC with a small dog

In an earlier post, I described AirTrain JFK, which connects a traveler arriving at JFK with the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or with New York’s subway or bus system. Newark Airport too has an AirTrain (AirTrain Newark), and like AirTrain JFK, AirTrain Newark allows “small domestic animals in secure carriers” onboard.

AirTrain Newark will either ferry you between terminals or take you to Newark Liberty International Airport Station, where you can connect with NJ Transit or with Amtrak. Amtrak trains  … Read more

Traveling by Houston public transit with a small dog

Photo by eflon

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas (“Metro” or “MTA”) operates bus lines, express bus lines, and light rail in Harris County. The city plans extensions to the light rail lines and the addition of a commuter rail system. The consensus appears to be that cars are still a necessity in Houston, but there’s hope for the future — and the public transportation that exists is clean and pleasant.

Metro’s pet policy is as follows: “Customers  … Read more

Traveling by Minneapolis-St. Paul public transit with a small dog

Photo by Ron Reiring

Metro Transit operates buses in and around the Twin Cities, and it also runs the Hiawatha Line light rail connector from downtown Minneapolis to Bloomington and the Mall of America (by way of the airport). It will soon add commuter rail to its offerings, since the Northstar Commuter Rail Line will soon begin running trains from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.

Metro Transit’s pet policy, according to the customer service representative I spoke to, is that small dogs  … Read more

Traveling by Atlanta public transit with a small dog

Photo by Steve Hardy

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) operates buses and rapid transit trains in Atlanta and Fulton County, with additional service in DeKalb and Cobb counties. There is a MARTA train station at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), in Clayton County. MARTA’s pet policy [PDF] states that “small pets confined to rigid pet carriers with locks or latches” are allowed on board.

Cherokee Area Transportation System (CATS) operates buses in Cherokee County, and provides commuter service to Atlanta.  … Read more