While some of his peers played with Thomas the Tank Engine, Tom Rutkowski, Brightline’s chief mechanical officer, didn’t think trains were that big of a deal. That’s because his dad ran a railroad wreck crew. Growing up in New Jersey, Rutkowski had other career ideas when he headed to Rutgers University. But then he…
Traveling with Your Pet
April 12, 2017
On the heels of National Pet Day, we are pleased to report that Brightline welcomes pets, and in fact you’ll find train travel both easier and less stressful for your dog or cat than dealing with South Florida’s frustrating traffic.
On the comfortable, user-friendly Brightline trains you and Fido can travel from the West Palm Beach train station to the downtown Miami train station in under an hour and between the downtown Fort Lauderdale train station and Miami in only 30 minutes.
Before you board you’ll probably want to walk your furry friend. Fortunately, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach all have places where your pet can feel right at home.
In Downtown Fort Lauderdale, you can catch views while you walk your dog on a leash at Riverwalk Linear Park along the New River. Or treat your pooch to a dog swim on a warm day, available at Snyder Park’s East Lake (3299 S.W. 4th Ave.), open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
From the Miami train station, catch public transit, a rideshare or a taxi over to Miami Beach, where dogs are welcome on leash along Lummus Park on Ocean Drive, also a prime people-watching location. Or head to Haulover Beach, where your pooch can frolic in the sand at select times. Flamingo Bark Park is a popular dog playground in South Beach (dogs can run in some areas and need to be leashed in others), or show off your fashionable dog on a stroll on Lincoln Road.
If you don’t want to stray too far from MiamiCentral, Bayfront Park is just a short walk away. Although not an off-leash dog park, Bayfront Park is a great place to bring your dog for a scenic walk along the bay. Just a few blocks north, there is also Museum Park that offers lots of green space and winding paths to take your pup out for some exercise on-leash.
Near the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, City Paws at Howard Park has a spacious public dog run with separate areas for large and small (25 pounds and under) dogs and shaded areas for their owners. Or let your dog frolic off-leash at Pooch Pines at Okeeheelee Park, which has two large dog sections (only one is open at a time) and a small dog section (for less than 30 pounds). There’s even a dog wash station.
Advice for Keeping Your Pet Happy
Travel by train with Brightline is easy for both you and your pet. A small animal can sit in a carrier under your seat while larger dogs are accommodated in a separate area.
Here are some tips for train travel with your pet:
- Make sure your pet has identification tags with owner contact info.
- Pack a portable bowl and adequate food and water.
- Bring some bags to clean up after your pooch.
- Carry a copy of your pet’s vaccination records and any necessary medication.
- Keep your pet calm onboard with treats and a favorite toy or blanket.
Stay tuned for more details on Brightline’s pet-friendly guidelines. Brightline is scheduled to begin introductory service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in late July with service to Miami later in the summer.
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