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One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in [#permalink]
09 Sep 2003, 05:30
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One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities is to increase the speed at which traffic moves downtown. This can be accomplished by raising the tolls on the tunnels and bridges connecting the city with other communities. This will discourage auto traffic into the city and will encourage people to use public transportation instead.
Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?
(A) Nearly all of the traffic in the center of the city is commerical traffic which will continue despite the toll increases
(B) Some people now driving alone into the city would choose to car pool with each other rather than use public transportation
(C) Any temporary improvement in traffic flow would be lost because the improvement itself would attract more cars
(D) The numbers of commuters who would be deterred by the toll increases would be insignificant
(E) The public transportation system is not able to handle any significant increase in the number of commuters using the system
If public tranportaion is not able to handle any significant increase in the number of commuters using the system, the commuters will be forced to use auto traffic. Hence the argument that commuters will be encouraged to use public transport thereby reducing traffic will not hold good. Hence, (E) weakens the argument considerably. As the question is trying to find the reason that would LEAST weaken the argument presented, (E) can not be the correct response.
raising the tolls on the tunnels and bridges connecting the city with other communities will discourage auto traffic into the city and will encourage people to use public transportation instead But improvement in traffic flow would be lost because the improvement itself would attract more cars Argument is weakened _________________
Yeah, I agree with B, because at first I thought that the question was asking what would most weaken the argument, and I crossed B off first. So, when I realized what the question was asking, I had to pick B, as it doesn't really weaken the argument at all.