It’s no secret that taking transit is a popular choice for many Halton residents. Now, anyone who takes the GO train may soon see some new passengers.
And be able to bring their own furry friend on board.
Metrolinx is officially launching a new pilot project where dogs will be allowed on GO trains after a recent petition garnered thousands of signatures.
The petition, led by dog owner Kimberly Fleming, gained a whopping 25,483 signatures in support of establishing a new policy to allow dogs on the train.
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“We want GO Transit to review its Dog Policy and establish a policy that allows customers to travel with their dog,” reads the petition.
In 2017, Metrolinx began reviewing its policies, and now, some change is taking effect. With rules and regulations, of course.
The pilot project is slated to run from July 20-October 15, 2018.
According to Metrolinx, riders will be allowed to bring two leashed dogs on GO and UP trains on weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and after 6 p.m.
Riders will also be able to bring their dogs on board all day on weekends and holidays.
Rush hour is a different story.
Dogs can still come on board during peak hours, but they have to be in a carrier that fits in your lap or under your seat.
At all times, dogs will have to be kept on the lower level of the trains.
All other pets must be kept in a secure carrier at all times on board.
As for service animals, they can still ride at all times on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
It’s true that riders are already allowed to bring dogs on the train in a secure carrier, but this might make a difference in pet owners deciding to bring their dogs on board at all.
Metrolinx is set to monitor how the project goes and make a decision on allowing dogs on leashes on board after the pilot ends in October.
What do you think about the new pilot project?