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Old 07-01-2009, 08:51 AM
 
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I've read that dogs are allowed on the T, just not during peak hours. Are there any restrictions to this? Is it common to see dogs on the T? Can they just be on a leash so long as they are well behaved?

I don't think I've seen that dogs are allowed on public transport anywhere else so this surprises me (in a good way!)
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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mbta.com says that they are allowed on a leash during non-peak hours, at the discretion of the driver. i'm guess that if the train is crowded for some reason or the dog is disturbing people, the driver can say no.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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I've seen dogs on the train, but usually it's a smaller breed that just sits in the owner's lap. But, I have seen a few bigger dogs leashed. If you think you'd be taking a bigger dog on a train regularly, I'd probably teach the pooch to wear a muzzle. The train can be crowded even during off-peak hours and a larger dog in close quarters may panic some riders even if your dog is very docile and gentle. The muzzle could appease the driver and passengers and prevent you from getting booted.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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The T is pretty much an "anything goes" type of scene.
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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I once got kicked off the orange line for having my bike on the T. I had a bike pass & it wasn't crowded at all. The guy was just a jerk for no reason. (and I mean a REAL jerk. He was screaming at me while I was just sitting there trying to get my stuff together trying not to cry. Another guy on the train tried sticking up for me, and the driver threatened to kick him off too.) I waited 'til the next train and got on that one.

My point is, I agree with the above poster who said it probably depends on the driver.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I took my dogs on the train all the time never had a problem. One 50 lb collie-lab and one cute beagle. Bostonians get all mushy when they see a cute dog on the train. It's a gas when the gang bangers start fawning.
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