Allow small animals  in carriers on Metra Trains.
  • Petitioning Metra, Chicago

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Regional Transportation Authority
Metra, Chicago

Allow small animals in carriers on Metra Trains.

    1. Rena Church
    2. Petition by

      Rena Church

      Aurora, United States

Millions people attend the many festivals and events that take place throughout Chicago and the Metropolitan area. Lots of visitors like to bring their pets, mostly dogs, especially if they are spending a whole day or a weekend. Driving on our traffic plagued highways is a burden, not only to drivers, but to the environment. Small animals in carriers pose no threat and are, in fact, allowed on the CTA http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/policies.aspx, as well as on most airlines. Welcoming pets on Metra will not only be be good for riders and pets, but will encourage the use of Metra, which is good for the environment. It will also increase attendance at the many dog friendly events that take place in the region, which will help boost our faltering economy.

To:
Metra, Chicago, Regional Transportation Authority
Allow small animals in carriers on Metra Trains.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Metra Eases Policy Restricting Bikes On Trains

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Hello All,
      I put our Pets on Metra petition in the comments section of the article below. This would be a good time for as many people as possible to voice support, as we are speaking directly to Metra. They do pay attention. Cheers!
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-metra-bike-policy-20140923-story.html#panel=comments

      Metra eases policy restricting bikes on trains

      Easing its bicycle policy, Metra is making it more convenient for customers who ride as part of their commutes or when special events are held Downtown, officials said Tuesday. The first change will allow commuters to bring bikes on early morning trains.

    2. Up and running again

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      OK--we seem to be up and running again. Thanks Change!

    3. What Gives Change? Re-open this petition, please!

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Change arbitrarily shut down this petition because it has been up for 366 days. They apparently have no mechanism for re-opening it because they indicated that I had to start a whole new identical petition. This seems stupid.

      I think we're close to "victory" but Metra seems to be in an unending cycle of emergencies, scandals, tragedies, snits and investigations. Oh, well--Illinois and all. Anyway I asked Change to turn this thing back on. Maybe I'll have to put up a new petition asking them to re-open my old petition--LOL!

    4. Hey Metra--HELLO IN THERE...

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      OK. So on July 24 this article ran in the Trib: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-metra-pets-20140724-story.html

      When I heard nothing for a few weeks (except for the ground breaking news about possible future cup holders) I emailed my contact. Nothing. Metra is seeking feedback about pets on trains? Well, we have feedback from 4,271 followers, many of whom have made helpful comments. Metra, we all know you need some good publicity. We are your alternate Citizens Advisory Board. Let us help.

      Metra seeks feedback about pets on trains

      Metra is considering a pilot program that would allow pets in carriers to travel aboard the commuter line, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The policy change would put the agency in line with the CTA and other commuter railroads around the country. Metra currently bans all but service animals aboard its trains.

    5. Amtrak Allows Pets On One More Route

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Good for Amtrak! Growing up I split my time between Chicago and Urbana but I haven't been downstate in years. It's time for a visit. We'll put Rula in her carrier and just hop a Metra train to Union Station and...oh...wait...
      http://www.theherald-news.com/2014/08/05/amtrak-expands-project-that-allows-pets-on-trains/au0fibs/

      Amtrak expands project that allows pets on trains

      CHICAGO - Amtrak is making it easier for people to take their dogs and cats around Illinois. Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation have announced they are adding the Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale route of the Illini and Saluki trains to a pilot project that allows people to bring pets with them.

    6. Allow Cup Holders On Metra

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Although we acknowledge that allowing cup holders on Metra is both courageous and groundbreaking we are still hopeful about that, er, other issue. Is Metra perhaps teasing us by withholding good (or bad) news? Might we hear more on Monday?
      https://www.facebook.com/garanimals/posts/531305880244870

      Garanimals - No longer a cup holder...it's a PUP holder! | Facebook

      No longer a cup holder...it's a PUP holder!

    7. Okay.......

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Although I have to say, there is nothing like a really well designed cup holder. Lemons to lemonade: Hey Tea Cup Chihuahua people!!!!!
      http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/07/25/new-metra-seats-may-have-cup-holders/

      New Metra Seats May Have Cup Holders!

      In perhaps one of the greatest advances in modern commuter rail road history, Metra officials today said that new seats on its trains could have cup holders. Chicago News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Chicago - CBS 2 TV | WBBM Newsradio 780 | 670 The Score

    8. Hey All--This is it!

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Hey All 4,171 Supporters,
      When you read this Chicago Tribune article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-metra-pets-20140724,0,4091854.story
      please make a positive comment on the comments section. The
      Advisory board needs to see that we have support. Thank you!!!

    9. Cross Your fingers and paws, see Tribune article...

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      OK All, This might be IT. Metra is proposing Pets On Metra to the advisory board tomorrow! If you know anyone who might like to sign and hasn't NOW IS THE TIME!! If this gets approved the "practice runs" will go to Rock Island. I plan to be on the first Rock Island train out of Chicago and invite you all to join me. Anyone know of a good outdoor cafe in Rock Island that would let us bring our pets? Or even a bad one. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-metra-pets-20140724,0,4091854.story
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq5lJHSklg0

      Johnny Cash - Rock Island Line

      I Do Not Own The Rights For This.

    10. Places to go and creatures to meet.....

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Metra,
      Has the board discussed allowing small animals in carriers on Metra? We have so many wonderful places to go and we don't want to take out the motor!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZLPJuy9oyQ

      Best Line From Young Frankenstein - Shine

      Pardon me, boy. Is this the Transylvania station? Ya, ya...track 29. Oh, can I give you a shine? Uhh...no thanks.

    11. Wifi on Metra, Fifi too....

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Please see quote below by Joseph Schwieterman.

      "We were stunned at the growth in digital activity this year considering that personal devices have been ubiquitous for some time now," said Joseph Schwieterman, a DePaul professor and director of the Chaddick Institute. "Commuters are optimizing their time spent aboard commuter trains in far more sophisticated ways than just a few years ago.

      "Armed with gadgets providing instant access to social media, many young people far prefer a train ride to being stuck behind the wheel," Schwieterman said. "Executives see the train as the extension of the office. Lawyers consider it a 'billable hour.' Transit providers, unfortunately, have done little to leverage this new advantage."

      This is of critical importance to all public transit providers. And it is not only young people who dislike driving--I have hated it since I got my licence at age 30 and I know many other middle aged people who avoid autos whenever possible. Not to mention seniors who would rather take trains for a host of reasons. But let's focus on young people. Many do not own cars and they like it like that. They are the future of public transit. If they can easily use their devices on Metra, Amtrak, CTA, etc., AND if they can travel with their pets they will be loyal riders for life. It's simple economics, Metra, we want to give you our money.
      For the full story see:
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-digitally-connected-commuters-met-20140702,0,1438408.story

    12. Metra, Don't be a stranger.....

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Up until a few months ago I have been exchanging emails with Metra officials and the outlook seemed hopeful. The last email that I received informed me that the Citizens Advisory Board was looking into pets on Metra. I have sent them two follow ups and have not heard back. I think that might be because of these three headaches:

      http://www.nbcchicago.com/traffic/transit/Three-Metra-Incidents-Prompt-Federal-Investigation-262163341.html

      www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-metras-union-pacific-line-woes-continue-20140129,0,3450089.story

      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/aurora/ct-metra-delays-met-20140621,0,5568380.story

      Still, a nice story about pets travelling with their loving families might be just the ticket...

      Mister Postman?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4&feature=kp

      Three Metra Incidents Prompt Federal Investigation

      transit Metra will be under federal scrutiny for 45 days following three recent incidents over a period of two weeks involving its trains. The Federal Railroad Association will begin an assessment period starting Friday, after Metra self-reported two incidents involving complaints of speeding, and another incident involving a train proceeding improperly through a light signal.

    13. Amtrak Rolls Out Small Pet Travel Plan

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Good on Amtrak--they have finally started their pilot program allowing small pets on trains. I'm sure Metra is taking note of this and also the $25.00 fee, which will be great for Amtrak. I have spoken and exchanged emails with Peter Zwolfer, Acting Deputy Executive Director – Operations for Metra and found him to be quite reasonable and very kind. Metra really does seem to have made a decision to be much more transparent with the public, which will definitely benefit the organization. Our Pets On Metra request is working its way through channels and I am hoping for a good outcome.
      http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-04-28/news/chi-amtrak-to-allow-dogs-cats-on-trains-between-chicago-quincy-20140428_1_chicago-and-quincy-illinois-zephyr-amtrak-spokesman-marc-magliari

    14. Why so serious, Metra?

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Robertas Rajuncas, one of our supporters has it right: "In south america people ride with hens , much love to that... ;) Small dogs can sit on a lap, I don't see a problem with that... Maybe it will cheer us up, from zombie like state... Why so seriuos? =P"

    15. Pets on AMTRAK Petition

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer
      The U.S. House of Representatives, The U.S. Senate : Allow Pets on Amtrak - Support H.R.2066 - Pets on Trains Act of 2013

      Today, dogs and cats are not allowed on Amtrak. Please sign this petition to allow pets to travel on Amtrak. It's really that simple. Here is the detailed/background information:In May 2013, Rep. Jeff Denham from California, introduced bill H.R.2066 - Pets on Trains Act of 2013.

    16. Metra, Please Take Our Money!

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Maria DeGuzman has this comment: "I love visiting my family in the south suburbs and I would rather give my money to Metra than have my sister drive into downtown Chicago to pick me up, congesting our streets and spewing more fossil fuel fumes. Please take my money, Metra!"

    17. 4000!!

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Really 4005...

    18. Reached 4,000 signatures
    19. 4000!

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 4000 signatures! I know it doesn't say that but there is a lag between what I can download and what is published. So we are on our way to 5000!!!

    20. Trans-Siberian Railway

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Hey Metra,
      Guess who allows pets in carriers on trains: the Trans-Siberian Railway http://www.transsiberian.com/index.php/home/faq. Just sayin', in light of the Olympics and all.

    21. A New Day At Metra---Move 'em on (head 'em up) Head em' up (Move 'em on)

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Things are definitely looking up at Metra. So we have arrived upon a rousing song to celebrate! Sing along folks:
      Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'
      Though the streams are swollen
      Keep them doggies rollin',
      Rawhide!
      Rain and wind and weather
      Hell bent for leather
      Wishin' my gal was by my side
      All the things I'm missin'
      Vittles, love and kissin'
      Are waitin' at the end of my ride
      Move 'em on
      head 'em up
      head 'em up
      move em on
      Move 'em on
      Head 'em up
      Rawhide! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_KtQ1BqfHM

      Blues Brothers - Rawhide

      Great clip from a great film

    22. Don Orseno, Chief Executive

      Rena Church
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations to Don Orseno, who has been named the Chief Executive Officer for Metra. He seems like a good man and he certainly has the experience. We wish him well.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Johnson CHICAGO, IL
      • 3 days ago

      I have two houses: Chicago and Monee, Ill. I have a small dog. I want to be able to travel between the two homes on Metra. The dog would be in a carrier, just like on an airplane. Thank you

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    • Christina Philo ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
      • 8 days ago

      If the animal is in a carrier, then I don't see what the problem is.

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    • Rosalie Blackburn GAINESVILLE, FL
      • 20 days ago

      I visited Chicago several years ago and had delightful time viewing the sites as I rode Metra. Now, with no pets allowed on Metra, Chicago is no longer on my list of cities to visit.

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    • Suzan Taylor JOHNSBURG, IL
      • 28 days ago

      I often travel to the city from the suburbs with a very small bird in a carrier I visit my daughter a couple of days a week I would like to take my bird with me

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    • Lindsey Wagner CHICAGO, IL
      • 29 days ago

      I live in the city and my parents live in the western suburbs and taking my french bulldog on the train would be sooooo convenient!

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