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As part of major renovations to Flowertown's Main Street train station, consultants to the train company proposed moving the station's entrance from its current valuable Main Street location to a low-rent adjoining side street and then leasing the high-rent entrance space to retail businesses. In that way, the train company could easily pay for those and all other proposed renovations without negative impact on its tight budget.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the consultants' proposal?

(A) More train commuters are employed in businesses located on Main Street than in businesses located on the adjoining side street.

(B) A reliable survey of Flowertown's commuters showed that virtually none of them would use the train any less frequently if the station's entrance were moved.

(C) The high-rent block of Flowertown's Main Street includes several buildings whose owners currently seek to replace long-standing tenants lost in recent months.

(D) If the station's entrance were moved, the train company would need to begin costly renovations to its Main Street entrance space.

(E) Ridership on Flowertown trains declined only slightly from 1970 to 1985 while other train companies lost large numbers of commuters.

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Originally posted by sondenso on 06 May 2008, 20:28.
Last edited by hazelnut on 05 Jun 2018, 23:23, edited 2 times in total.
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B for me

The train company's shift in the entrance should not impact the revenues and revenues are directly dependent on the commuters. Thus if the change does not impact the # of commuters negatively. thus the revenue would be revenue through rent of the main street space + the non-impacted revenue thru commuters

(A) More train commuters are employed in businesses located on Main Street than in businesses located on the adjoining side street.

(B) A reliable survey of Flowertown's commuters showed that virtually none of them would use the train any less frequently if the station's entrance were moved.

(C) The high-rent block of Flowertown's Main Street includes several buildings whose owners currently seek to replace long-standing tenants lost in recent months.-> this weakens the conclusion by creating competition

(D) If the station's entrance were moved, the train company would need to begin costly renovations to its Main Street entrance space.-> if change calls for costly renovation it weakens the conclusion that says "tight budget"

(E) Ridership on Flowertown trains declined only slightly from 1970 to 1985 while other train companies lost large numbers of commuters.- irrelevant
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As part of major renovations to Flowertown's Main Street train station, consultants to the train company proposed moving the station's entrance from its current valuable Main Street location to a low-rent adjoining side street and then leasing the high-rent entrance space to retail businesses. In that way, the train company could easily pay for those and all other proposed renovations without negative impact on its tight budget.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the consultants' proposal?

(A) More train commuters are employed in businesses located on Main Street than in businesses located on the adjoining side street. Weakens(B) A reliable survey of Flowertown's commuters showed that virtually none of them would use the train any less frequently if the station's entrance were moved. Supports- correct
(C) The high-rent block of Flowertown's Main Street includes several buildings whose owners currently seek to replace long-standing tenants lost in recent months. irrelevant
(D) If the station's entrance were moved, the train company would need to begin costly renovations to its Main Street entrance space. this cost can be recovered
(E) Ridership on Flowertown trains declined only slightly from 1970 to 1985 while other train companies lost large numbers of commuters. irrelevant

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id go with B as well. To support the argument, as I was reading the stem, I was looking for something to do with the fact that ridership would stay about the same.

In order for the consultants proposal to work, the train company would still have to make money from its riders. B says that.
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I agree with B as well.

Conclusion:
In that way, the train company could easily pay for those and all other proposed renovations without negative impact on its tight budget.

Moving the train station will allow for construction without decreasing the budget.

We need proof that the move will not decrease the budget.

(B) A reliable survey of Flowertown's commuters showed that virtually none of them would use the train any less frequently if the station's entrance were moved.

Even if they move the same number of people will still ride the train.
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As part of major renovations to Flowertown's Main Street train station, consultants to the train company proposed moving the station's entrance from its current valuable Main Street location to a low-rent adjoining side street and then leasing the high-rent entrance space to retail businesses. In that way, the train company could easily pay for those and all other proposed renovations without negative impact on its tight budget.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the consultants' proposal?

(A) More train commuters are employed in businesses located on Main Street than in businesses located on the adjoining side street.
(B) A reliable survey of Flowertown's commuters showed that virtually none of them would use the train any less frequently if the station's entrance were moved.
(C) The high-rent block of Flowertown's Main Street includes several buildings whose owners currently seek to replace long-standing tenants lost in recent months.
(D) If the station's entrance were moved, the train company would need to begin costly renovations to its Main Street entrance space.
(E) Ridership on Flowertown trains declined only slightly from 1970 to 1985 while other train companies lost large numbers of commuters.

Amittedly, I love the way GMAC makes its reasoning. I found it very interesting. Post here for discussion.



Surely B...
The relocation of entrance must not affect train system revenue...
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Sure, B is OA

Interesting! right? :lol:
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For sure "B" because it clearly says, the existing commuters will not drop after the entrance is shifted. In short the revenue from the commuters wont decrease because of this change.
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A strengthener choice needs to bring additional information that is not stated in the argument and that strengthens the conclusion.
The argument already says that leasing the high-rent space to retail business could easily allow them to pay for the proposed renovations, WITHOUT any negative impact on the budget.

(C) stating that owners seeking to replace long lost tenants doesn't any more strengthen the argument than already stated in the argument. It doesn't add any relevance to the info provided in the argument, either in terms of capital or increased business or anything else.
(B) on the other hand says that there will be no negative impact on the budget if the renovations are made. Any potential negative impact (in terms of lost passenger's revenue) could deter the profits made by renting the costly space. So (B) is a winner.
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yes its an interesting question which looks more like a real world
problem but the gmat can trick us using shell game in this type of questions so
never forget that real world rules dont work in gmat,, :evil:
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As part of major renovations to Flowertown's Main Street train station, consultants to the train company proposed moving the station's entrance from its current valuable Main Street location to a low-rent adjoining side street and then leasing the high-rent entrance space to retail businesses. In that way, the train company could easily pay for those and all other proposed renovations without negative impact on its tight budget.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the consultants' proposal?

(A) More train commuters are employed in businesses located on Main Street than in businesses located on the adjoining side street.Weakner: This option hints that no. of commuters may decrease as per consultants' proposal
(B) A reliable survey of Flowertown's commuters showed that virtually none of them would use the train any less frequently if the station's entrance were moved. No negative impact on the existing revenues (i.e. coming from existing number of commuters)

(C) The high-rent block of Flowertown's Main Street includes several buildings whose owners currently seek to replace long-standing tenants lost in recent months. OFS
(D) If the station's entrance were moved, the train company would need to begin costly renovations to its Main Street entrance space. weakner. It may have negative impact on the budget
(E) Ridership on Flowertown trains declined only slightly from 1970 to 1985 while other train companies lost large numbers of commuters. OFS

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B is clear that the revenue from the passengers won't decrease. This is what I was looking for. Correct choice.
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mod please add the OA to the question :)
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As part of major renovations to Flowertown's Main Street train station, consultants to the train company proposed moving the station's entrance from its current valuable Main Street location to a low-rent adjoining side street and then leasing the high-rent entrance space to retail businesses. In that way, the train company could easily pay for those and all other proposed renovations without negative impact on its tight budget.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the consultants' proposal?

(A) More train commuters are employed in businesses located on Main Street than in businesses located on the adjoining side street. weakens
(B) A reliable survey of Flowertown's commuters showed that virtually none of them would use the train any less frequently if the station's entrance were moved.similar to our assumption, lets keep it
(C) The high-rent block of Flowertown's Main Street includes several buildings whose owners currently seek to replace long-standing tenants lost in recent months.I think we should limit ourselves to train station building and consumers.
(D) If the station's entrance were moved, the train company would need to begin costly renovations to its Main Street entrance space.weakens
(E) Ridership on Flowertown trains declined only slightly from 1970 to 1985 while other train companies lost large numbers of commuters. out of context

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Assumption: train company assumes that if it moves its entrance from one location to another, commutators will have no issue and they will continue travelling with trains.
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S (Strengthen): Conclusion Shifting entrance will generate enough money to pay for renovations
Missing info : Will consultant’s recommendation have any undesirable impact.
If yes, conclusion will NOT be strengthened.
If no, the conclusion will be strengthened.

(A) More train commuters are employed in businesses located on Main Street than in businesses located on the adjoining side street.
Irrelevant : Where commuters are employed does not matter here.

(B) A reliable survey of Flowertown's commuters showed that virtually none of them would use the train any less frequently if the station's entrance were moved.
Correct. This option eliminate a possible negative effect of consultant’s recommendation

(C) The high-rent block of Flowertown's Main Street includes several buildings whose owners currently seek to replace long-standing tenants lost in recent months.
At the most, this option says that the recommendation may not have a desired effect as other high rent spaces in the locality are on lease and hence the train station’s space may or may not find a taker.

(D) If the station's entrance were moved, the train company would need to begin costly renovations to its Main Street entrance space.
Again, it says that to implement the recommendation, the train station will need extra money and thus possibly weaken the argument.

(E) Ridership on Flowertown trains declined only slightly from 1970 to 1985 while other train companies lost large numbers of commuters.
Irrelevant, as the option does not specify the reason for less decline in the ridership

Take away:
Let’s say X (rents from leasing) & Y (train commuters) form Z (revenues), and p (recommendation of the consultant) affects X.
Then always look for effects of P on Y.
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