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.