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Blanco buses on the BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4210646.stm ^ | 9/3/2005 | 9/3/2005

Posted on 09/03/2005 6:39:25 AM PDT by ChadGore

In this short video (Real Media 34k stream). . at the very begining . . the 2nd sceen, shows yet another dozen unused blanco buses!

The print story is here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4210646.stm

Under the first image is a link that says "VIDEO Aid Finally arrives".

The URI for the RV Video is here:

rtsp://.../09012da6800242eb_16x9_nb.rm?title="BBC"&author=""©right="(C) British Broadcasting Corporation"


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: bbc; blanco; blancobuses; buses; busing; incompetence; katrina; katrinafailures; nagin; neworleans; unused
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To: feefee

Today a CNN news babe was walking around New Orleans and came across two RTA buses in which several families were living, they had taken them from the RTA lot and were sleeping in them with the air conditioning on.

It was so cold at night they had to use blankets.


251 posted on 09/07/2005 6:26:07 PM PDT by usmcobra
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To: usmcobra

do you remember which show it was on or about what time, so i can look it up and see if i can find some kind of video online?

i cannot express what i'm feeling right now, in appropriate terms, concerning the families living in the buses...but they figured out the master dial :)

i was thinking about it earlier, and if i was 50, and had been driving my bus for 20 or so years, what else would i be comfortable doing? the bus operators and bus mechanics, from the RTA and other local transit providers, are out of jobs for the time being, there are no people to carry to jobs, to schools, to stores, to anywhere.

off hand, just because i'm interested in knowing, do you know how long a bus can idle on a full or mostly full tank? orion high floors 35' and 40' have a 125 and 150 gallon capacity, low floors have 125 gallon (hybrids have 100 gallon tanks). i'm using orion as a reference b/c i've seen orion pics from down there. i can't get into NTD right now to see if there is a more detailed listing (i get an error message).

i'm figuring if they were parked saturday or early sunday, the tank would be full or mostly full, most places service the vehicles at the end of the day, to get them ready for the next day's service.


252 posted on 09/07/2005 7:05:35 PM PDT by feefee (rovian salt carrier)
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To: feefee

I would guess that the RTA buses have a standard size tank and can be driven at least twelve hours straight on one tank.

At idle the same tank could be stretched out for almost a week running it only during say late at night or off and on during the day long enough to cool the interior.

As for the reporterette She was asian and I believe not a regular, obviously since she was doing the grunt work of running around town, looking for human interest stories. I didn't catch her name but the segment ran about 7:30 EST.


253 posted on 09/07/2005 7:23:47 PM PDT by usmcobra
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To: ChadGore

The New Orleans Rapid Transit Authority (RTA) also had an additional 426 city buses, in addition to the school buses. Add that to your total.


254 posted on 09/07/2005 7:28:03 PM PDT by shezza (God Bless Our Troops)
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To: ChadGore
See here for the official documentation from 2004 of the number of RTA (public transport) municipal buses New Orleans had in its fleet.
255 posted on 09/07/2005 7:32:29 PM PDT by shezza (God Bless Our Troops)
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To: ChadGore

Cool! If you adjust the contrast, you can see all the FEMA guys swarming into them, in an effort to hurry up and save the day!


256 posted on 09/07/2005 7:41:59 PM PDT by Yeti
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To: ChadGore

I'm starting to believe there were more buses than water in NOLA.


257 posted on 09/07/2005 7:48:56 PM PDT by TheForceOfOne (The alternative media is our Enigma machine.)
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To: feefee
http://www.loep.state.la.us/newsrelated/katrinaroars.htm

"Conceding that as many as 100,000 inner-city residents didn't have the means to leave and an untold number of tourists were stranded by the closing of the airport, the city arranged buses to take people to 10 last-resort shelters, including the Superdome.

Nagin also dispatched police and firefighters to rouse people out with sirens and bullhorns, and even gave them the authority to commandeer vehicles to aid in the evacuation."

258 posted on 09/07/2005 8:27:03 PM PDT by usmcobra
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To: shezza; ChadGore; usmcobra
The RTA operates a fleet of 367 buses on a system of regular routes and schedules and a fleet of 42 rail vehicles on two separate rail lines. The RTA also operates 36 vehicles in a demand responsive service, designed to serve customers pursuant to ADA, and contracts for the operation of an additional 26 vehicles in demand responsive service. All RTA services are operated and maintained from three operating facilities and administered from a headquarters facility.

Thanks for the updated information on the RTA vehicles, I was figuring 364 fixed route, due to a 2002 report.

I would not automatically add the 36 RTA ADA/complimentary paratransit nor the contracted 26 vehicles for ADA/complimentary paratransit service to the total number of buses NORTA had in the fleet available to evacuate mass numbers of people.

Paratransit vehicles are the smaller, body-on-chassis vehicles used to transport those folks unable to utilize the regular fixed-route service. Depending on the size of the vehicle, they are designed to carry maybe around 20-30 passengers.

They can be considered a bus, but in terms of evacuating X amount of people/vehicle, these vehicles shouldn't be entered into the general equation. The capacity of these vehicles depends on the number of passengers in wheelchairs, etc. These vehicles are the ones that were supposed to transport folks up to Baton Rouge after their arrival at the SuperDome, if medically necessary.

You can fit more than the 20-30 passengers on this type of vehicle, but the aisle is smaller than a regular fixed route bus, so depending on size, maybe 30-40 (with 10 seated in the aisle, very few personal possessions, and no passengers in wheelchairs).

259 posted on 09/07/2005 9:08:48 PM PDT by feefee (rovian salt carrier)
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