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A certain mayor has proposed a fee of five dollars per day

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A certain mayor has proposed a fee of five dollars per day [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 02:56
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A certain mayor has proposed a fee of five dollars per day on private vehicles entering the city, claiming that the fee will alleviate the city’s traffic congestion. The mayor reasons that, since the fee will exceed the cost of round-trip bus fare from many nearby points, many people will switch from using their cars to using the bus.
Which of the following statements, if true, provides the best evidence that the mayor’s reasoning is flawed?
(A) Projected increases in the price of gasoline will increase the cost of taking a private vehicle into the city.
(B) The cost of parking fees already makes it considerably more expensive for most people to take a private vehicle into the city than to take a bus.
(C) Most of the people currently riding the bus do not own private vehicles.
(D) Many commuters opposing the mayor’s plan have indicated that they would rather endure traffic congestion than pay a five-dollar-per day fee.
(E) During the average workday, private vehicles owned and operated by people living within the city account for twenty percent of the city’s traffic congestion.
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(B) The cost of parking fees already makes it considerably more expensive for most people to take a private vehicle into the city than to take a bus.

Because the mayor decision relies on the premise
"since the fee will exceed the cost of round-trip bus fare from many nearby points, many people will switch from using their cars to using the bus."

But B shows that a smilar condition of high price exists which does not prevents commuters to take public transport over private transport, thus it is doubtful that mayor's plan will fail.
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Inspite of the increase in the dollar fee many people will NOT switch from cars to bus because ......
They are already paying considerable parking fee and taking private car rather than the public bus. Since money is not an issue for them now, mayor's plan ($5 excess) is not going to deter them from driving their cars. Probably some people love driving their own cars, some love their Ferrari or Porshe, who knows :-D . B it is.

(A) Projected increases in the price of gasoline will increase the cost of taking a private vehicle into the city. >> Gasoline prices may help the mayor's plan if cost is a consideration. If anything this strengthens the mayor's argument. OUT
(B) The cost of parking fees already makes it considerably more expensive for most people to take a private vehicle into the city than to take a bus. >> Answer
(C) Most of the people currently riding the bus do not own private vehicles. >> Has no bearing on the argument. Because people who don't have car have no other option. Irrelevant
(D) Many commuters opposing the mayor’s plan have indicated that they would rather endure traffic congestion than pay a five-dollar-per day fee. >> Classical gmat comparison trap. Does this explains the flaw in the mayor's reasoning? No
(E) During the average workday, private vehicles owned and operated by people living within the city account for twenty percent of the city’s traffic congestion. >> How much traffic congestion is at present has no bearing on the argument. Argument is focused on reducing the traffic congestion from the current state. This choice is irrelevant.

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Re: CR question [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 05:48
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