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SkyTrain and bus dog policy challenged by transit user

11/07/2014 09:35 EST | Updated 01/07/2015 05:59 EST
TransLink could be reviewing its pet policy to determine whether Metro Vancouver will join regions like Calgary, Toronto and Seattle in allowing leashed dogs on transit.

Right now, only assistance or guide dogs and small pets in carriers are allowed on buses, the Seabus and the SkyTrain.

But Margaret Halsey, a dog owner who lives in New Westminster, made a presentation to TransLink last week asking the board to reconsider.

"What I asked for is for them to change the policy to allow all dogs on leash, under control of the owner, wearing a muzzle—and there were lots of conditions: a coat, a jacket indicating it was approved, [and] only certain times of the day."

Halsey said she loves taking her eight-year-old whippet around town to different urban and regional parks, but that she'd rather take transit than drive.

"It's so much easier for me to just get on a SkyTrain with my dog if I want to go downtown to, say, walk Stanley Park or the seawall rather than one person, one car."

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