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"Amtrak, Nagin Argue Over Rescue Train"

On Sunday, Ray Nagin commented on Amtrak's claim that they could have evacuated several hundred people just before the storm hit. From this:

"I don't know where that's coming from," [Ray Nagin] told NBC's "Meet the Press." "Amtrak never contacted me to make that offer. As a matter of fact, we checked the Amtrak lines for availability, and every available train was booked, as far as the report that I got, through September. So I'd like to see that report."

Amtrak could have evacuated several hundred

From "The Steady Buildup to a City's Chaos":

...while the last regularly scheduled train out of town had left a few hours earlier, Amtrak had decided to run a "dead-head" train that evening to move equipment out of the city. It was headed for high ground in Macomb, Miss., and it had room for several hundred passengers. "We offered the city the opportunity to take evacuees out of harm's way," said Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black. "The city declined."
So the ghost train left New Orleans at 8:30 p.m., with no passengers on board.

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