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The subway system in New City has recently been running a severe budget deficit. Analysts have concluded that, to avoid a crisis, subway revenues must increase by 50% from the current level, beginning with the coming quarter. Subway riders are currently charged a flat fare per ride; the chairperson of New City's transit authority has concluded that a 50% increase in this fare, effective at the beginning of the coming quarter, will be sufficient to avert any crisis.

Each of the following, if true, calls into question the chairperson's conclusion EXCEPT


A Subway fares are paid with single-ride tokens that are purchased in advance and do not expire.

B On the most heavily traveled routes in New City's downtown, express bus fares range from 25 to 40 percent greater than current subway fares.

C Under New City's tax code, subway fare increases of more than 25 percent trigger reductions in the amount of tax money allocated to the subway system.

D New City's economy is adding many more jobs in suburban areas, which are inaccessible by subway, than in the urban areas that the subway system serves.

E Mobile phones, upon which a significant percentage of New City's workers have come to depend for essential communication while commuting, will be banned on the subway from the coming quarter onward
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Re: The subway system in New City has recently been running a [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2012, 21:14
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It is a non-strengthen question (I am not sure if it is called by this but I would like to call it that :) )

Premise - The subway system in New City has recently been running a severe budget deficit. Analysts have concluded that, to avoid a crisis, subway revenues must increase by 50% from the current level, beginning with the coming quarter. Subway riders are currently charged a flat fare per ride

Conclusion - the chairperson of New City's transit authority has concluded that a 50% increase in this fare, effective at the beginning of the coming quarter, will be sufficient to avert any crisis.

A Subway fares are paid with single-ride tokens that are purchased in advance and do not expire. (Weakens)
B On the most heavily traveled routes in New City's downtown, express bus fares range from 25 to 40 percent greater than current subway fares. (Weakens)
C Under New City's tax code, subway fare increases of more than 25 percent trigger reductions in the amount of tax money allocated to the subway system. (Weakens)
D New City's economy is adding many more jobs in suburban areas, which are inaccessible by subway, than in the urban areas that the subway system serves. (No effect)
E Mobile phones, upon which a significant percentage of New City's workers have come to depend for essential communication while commuting, will be banned on the subway from the coming quarter onward (Weakens)

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Re: The subway system in New City has recently been running a [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 01:26
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It does figure that d has no effect on the conclusion above. but can you please elaborate on how E is weakening it? i found E to be completely out of scope and thus having no effect on the conclusion in a better way than D.


Hi Puneet

Good question. First of all, in questions like these we have to assume the options as correct and then proceed further.

In option D it states that Mobile phones, upon which a significant percentage of New City's workers have come to depend for essential communication while commuting, will be banned. If it is a major loss to the commuters, they might want to find an alternative option like bus/private vehicles to commute so that they don’t have to incur a loss. If the commuters will stop travelling via subway this will imply further loss to the system. This weakens the conclusion that the crisis will be averted.

Makes sense?
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Re: Except type CR Subway [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2012, 21:08
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The subway system in New City has recently been running a severe budget deficit. Analysts have concluded that, to avoid a crisis, subway revenues must increase by 50% from the current level, beginning with the coming quarter. Subway riders are currently charged a flat fare per ride; the chairperson of New City's transit authority has concluded that a 50% increase in this fare, effective at the beginning of the coming quarter, will be sufficient to avert any crisis.

Each of the following, if true, calls into question the chairperson's conclusion EXCEPT


A Subway fares are paid with single-ride tokens that are purchased in advance and do not expire.

B On the most heavily traveled routes in New City's downtown, express bus fares range from 25 to 40 percent greater than current subway fares.

C Under New City's tax code, subway fare increases of more than 25 percent trigger reductions in the amount of tax money allocated to the subway system.

D New City's economy is adding many more jobs in suburban areas, which are inaccessible by subway, than in the urban areas that the subway system serves.

E Mobile phones, upon which a significant percentage of New City's workers have come to depend for essential communication while commuting, will be banned on the subway from the coming quarter onward


I don't get it ? hard to understand the OA .

If many more jobs are added to the suburban areas, which are inaccessible by subway, how will increase in ticket fares lead to an increase in revenue ?

I think it assumes that in the coming quarter suburban areas will be accessible by the subways.

Any thoughts on this ?
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Re: Except type CR Subway [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2012, 21:12
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I don't get it ? hard to understand the OA .

If many more jobs are added to the suburban areas, which are inaccessible by subway, how will increase in ticket fares lead to an increase in revenue ?

I think it assumes that in the coming quarter suburban areas will be accessible by the subways.

Any thoughts on this ?


Hi Ankit

The question asks you to find one option which does not weaken the conclusion. You are mistaking that with finding one option which strengthen the question.

There is a difference between "Not weaken" and "Strengthen"

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Re: Except type CR Subway [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2012, 23:00
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ankit0411 wrote:
I don't get it ? hard to understand the OA .

If many more jobs are added to the suburban areas, which are inaccessible by subway, how will increase in ticket fares lead to an increase in revenue ?

I think it assumes that in the coming quarter suburban areas will be accessible by the subways.

Any thoughts on this ?


Hi Ankit

The question asks you to find one option which does not weaken the conclusion. You are mistaking that with finding one option which strengthen the question.

There is a difference between "Not weaken" and "Strengthen"

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Yea, Got that :)

I was mislead by the tag "strengthen" , but now I get the difference.

Option D doesn't really have any effect on the argument above.
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Re: The subway system in New City has recently been running a [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 00:48
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+1 D

It is a non-strengthen question (I am not sure if it is called by this but I would like to call it that :) )

Premise - The subway system in New City has recently been running a severe budget deficit. Analysts have concluded that, to avoid a crisis, subway revenues must increase by 50% from the current level, beginning with the coming quarter. Subway riders are currently charged a flat fare per ride
Conclusion - the chairperson of New City's transit authority has concluded that a 50% increase in this fare, effective at the beginning of the coming quarter, will
be sufficient to avert any crisis.

A Subway fares are paid with single-ride tokens that are purchased in advance and do not expire. (Weakens)
B On the most heavily traveled routes in New City's downtown, express bus fares range from 25 to 40 percent greater than current subway fares. (Weakens)
C Under New City's tax code, subway fare increases of more than 25 percent trigger reductions in the amount of tax money allocated to the subway system. (Weakens)
D New City's economy is adding many more jobs in suburban areas, which are inaccessible by subway, than in the urban areas that the subway system serves. (No effect)
E Mobile phones, upon which a significant percentage of New City's workers have come to depend for essential communication while commuting, will be banned on the subway from the coming quarter onward (Weakens)

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It does figure that d has no effect on the conclusion above. but can you please elaborate on how E is weakening it? i found E to be completely out of scope and thus having no effect on the conclusion in a better way than D.
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Re: The subway system in New City has recently been running a [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 01:44
sure does, many thanks. completely gave up on assumption on that front, my bad :)
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