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Nagin, whose desperate plea for help in the days after the storm made him a folk hero to some, faces criticism for turning away resources that could have moved more people out of the city faster.
The mayor's disaster plan called for mobilizing buses and evacuating the poor, but he did not get it done. He said he could not find drivers, but Amtrak says it offered help and was turned down, so a train with 900 seats rolled away empty a day and a half before the storm.
"One of the problems that we're facing at the federal level and at the state level and at the local level -- and again, not casting blame anywhere, is a total systemwide failure, because people making decisions hesitated," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Republican from Tennessee, told CNN.
"There was absolutely no execution."
Originally posted by gimmefootball400
This is a figure that I came up with this equation right after the storm hit. Keep in mind that Amtrak has the "Superliner" cars that are used on most of their services.
300 - 350 people per train multiply that by 50 - 55 cars per train. That comes out to somewhere around. With that many cars, you would have been able to carry anywhere between 15,000 to 19,250 per train. With roughly three to million people living on the Gulf Coast before the storm and given the time it would have taken hours, it would have taken anywhere between 200 to 207 trains to successfully pull off the evacuations. This does not include the daily trains that go through New Orleans. The evacuations could have very well been possible if every one had been cooperating on the same page.