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Due to a sharp rise in the price of gasoline, commuters who drive to work in the center of the city are facing a large increase in transportation expenses that will limit the funds they have available to spend in other areas. In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months. Clearly, if commuters can get to work more cheaply, they will have more money left over to spend in other sectors of the economy, and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices.

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following is most likely to be damaged by the city council’s plan?

• A local chain of service stations, which will see fewer customers during the daily commute.
• Members of the bus drivers’ union, who will be forced to add more routes and work longer hours.
• The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months.
• Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays.
• Commuters who do not live near public transportation routes and will not be able to take advantage of the suspended fares.
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02 Sep 2011, 10:19
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• A local chain of service stations, which will see fewer customers during the daily commute.
• Members of the bus drivers’ union, who will be forced to add more routes and work longer hours.
• The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months.
• Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays.
• Commuters who do not live near public transportation routes and will not be able to take advantage of the suspended fares.

it is C - even if the city doesnt add more buses, more drivers etc.. with existing buses and drivers there will not be any income from the sector.

A - argument doesnt talk about it.
B - we dont know the council might add more drivers.
D - well the bus service could be changed... we cannot base the argument on D.. it could be otherwise since it is not explicitly mentioned.
E - we dont know what percentage of total are the commuters who do not live near public routes.

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03 Sep 2011, 09:15
is it A?
Why cant we bring in new info from the options?
C seems like restatement of facts.

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04 Sep 2011, 16:29
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Due to a sharp rise in the price of gasoline, commuters who drive to work in the center of the city are facing a large increase in transportation expenses that will limit the funds they have available to spend in other areas. In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months. Clearly, if commuters can get to work more cheaply, they will have more money left over to spend in other sectors of the economy, and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices.

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following is most likely to be damaged by the city council’s plan?

• A local chain of service stations, which will see fewer customers during the daily commute.
• Members of the bus drivers’ union, who will be forced to add more routes and work longer hours.
• The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months.
• Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays.
• Commuters who do not live near public transportation routes and will not be able to take advantage of the suspended fares.

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I chose A at first, but searched on here and it seems to be OA is (C) .

I think what I got hung up on was

...and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices

So, the general idea is the city wants people to spend money in the city so the city can collect the \$. People cant do this if they are spending all their money on gas.

I glanced over C and said to myself, '' true, the budget wont balance coming from the transit end, but considering that the 'above' statements were true i thought people would spend the difference in the city economy and the city would recoup \$ via economic growth in businesses, etc. ''
once again i over-analyze CR and pay the price.

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04 Sep 2011, 23:17
OA is C, since city council’s plan is to save ppl money and increase city finance. By not increasing ticket fare they will save ppl money but city finance will be hindered.

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04 Sep 2011, 23:44
Due to a sharp rise in the price of gasoline, commuters who drive to work in the center of the city are facing a large increase in transportation expenses that will limit the funds they have available to spend in other areas. In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months. Clearly, if commuters can get to work more cheaply, they will have more money left over to spend in other sectors of the economy, and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices.

The argument is "city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices."

In above argument ..tricky part is 'on the whole'

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following is most likely to be damaged by the city council’s plan?

• A local chain of service stations, which will see fewer customers during the daily commute.- Incorrect nothing to do with the argument.
• Members of the bus drivers’ union, who will be forced to add more routes and work longer hours. - incorrect- same as A
• The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months. - Correct -Due to this plan some citizen might be able to save trasport cost. however , as a whole city's finace i.e. economy will be impacted becauseof loss of revenue from transport• Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays. - incorrect ..well travel delays and crowded condition will no have impact on city's finance.
• Commuters who do not live near public transportation routes and will not be able to take advantage of the suspended fares.

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06 Sep 2011, 01:20
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08 Sep 2011, 17:39
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Due to a sharp rise in the price of gasoline, commuters who drive to work in the center of the city are facing a large increase in transportation expenses that will limit the funds they have available to spend in other areas. In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months. Clearly, if commuters can get to work more cheaply, they will have more money left over to spend in other sectors of the economy, and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices.

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following is most likely to be damaged by the city council’s plan?

• A local chain of service stations, which will see fewer customers during the daily commute.
• Members of the bus drivers’ union, who will be forced to add more routes and work longer hours.
• The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months.
• Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays.
• Commuters who do not live near public transportation routes and will not be able to take advantage of the suspended fares.

C. If there is no revenue for three months, the city council's buget may be damaged.

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09 Oct 2011, 18:45
I would go for C.

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Due to a sharp rise in the price of gasoline, commuters who drive to work in the center of the city are facing a large increase in transportation expenses that will limit the funds they have available to spend in other areas. In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months. Clearly, if commuters can get to work more cheaply, they will have more money left over to spend in other sectors of the economy, and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices.

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following is most likely to be damaged by the city council’s plan?

a) A local chain of service stations, which will see fewer customers during the daily commute.

b) Members of the bus drivers’ union, who will be forced to add more routes and work longer hours.

c) The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months.

d) Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays.

e) Commuters who do not live near public transportation routes and will not be able to take advantage of the suspended fares.

Why not d?
I thought more people who used to drive to work use public transportation because of free fare of public transportation, so commuters who already use public transportation will be dameged by crowded condition.

Also, I thought that goverment will receive more tax from increased spending, and the increased tax revenue will supplement the unbalaced budget.

Did I think too much? ;;;;

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Due to a sharp rise in the price of gasoline, commuters who drive to work in the center of the city are facing a large increase in transportation expenses that will limit the funds they have available to spend in other areas. In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months. Clearly, if commuters can get to work more cheaply, they will have more money left over to spend in other sectors of the economy, and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices.

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following is most likely to be damaged by the city council’s plan?

c) The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months.

d) Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays.

Why not d?
I thought more people who used to drive to work use public transportation because of free fare of public transportation, so commuters who already use public transportation will be dameged by crowded condition.

Also, I thought that goverment will receive more tax from increased spending, and the increased tax revenue will supplement the unbalaced budget.

Did I think too much? ;;;;

D is really out of scope because the argument here is focus on status in finance of citizens and the city. Whether public transportation is crowed or not does not affect to the standard of living.

In choice C, you think that the city increase tax, but this increase does not mention in argument. If you think that the citizen will have more savings to spend on other sectors, this does not mean that the tax revenue of the city will increase because the citizens still have the same amount of money REMAINS (approximately) after or before suspending transporation fare. Moreover, the city only stop fare of transportation to the commuter, it will lack of money. So, this event will affect adversely the city's finance
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"D" is what the Powerscore CR Bible would call the Shell Game Answer. A Shell Game Answer addresses a conclusion that is very similar, but is wrong. In this case it is very attractive. The Shell Game answer addresses issues about Public Transport Riders. This is the wrong conclusion. The write Conslusion we want to weaken in this context is "In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months." Answer C directly weakens this conclusion by stating that the cities budget will take a direct hit from the plan. It can be assumed that a city budget that falls short will have negative effects on the economy. Hope that helps some!!

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+1 for C.The city council wants to to forestall a slowdown in the local economy but if their budget, becomes unbalanced then the target is missed.

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Due to a sharp rise in the price of gasoline, commuters who drive to work in the center of the city are facing a large increase in transportation expenses that will limit the funds they have available to spend in other areas. In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months. Clearly, if commuters can get to work more cheaply, they will have more money left over to spend in other sectors of the economy, and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices.

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following is most likely to be damaged by the city council’s plan?

A. A local chain of service stations, which will see fewer customers during the daily commute.
B. Members of the bus drivers’ union, who will be forced to add more routes and work longer hours.
C. The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months.
D. Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays.
E. Commuters who do not live near public transportation routes and will not be able to take advantage of the suspended fares.

The above questions states in bold version all of the above statement is true and later on we need to damage i.e. weaken the plan.
Can some one explain the above question and how to categorize them whether it is must be true/inference or weaken?

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Due to a sharp rise in the price of gasoline, commuters who drive to work in the center of the city are facing a large increase in transportation expenses that will limit the funds they have available to spend in other areas. In order to forestall a slowdown in the local economy, the city council has decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended for the next three months. Clearly, if commuters can get to work more cheaply, they will have more money left over to spend in other sectors of the economy, and the city’s finances on the whole will not be negatively affected by higher gasoline prices.

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following is most likely to be damaged by the city council’s plan?

A. A local chain of service stations, which will see fewer customers during the daily commute.
B. Members of the bus drivers’ union, who will be forced to add more routes and work longer hours.
C. The city council’s budget, which will be unbalanced after receiving no revenue from transit fares for three months.
D. Commuters who already use public transportation daily and who will face crowded conditions and travel delays.
E. Commuters who do not live near public transportation routes and will not be able to take advantage of the suspended fares.

The above questions states in bold version all of the above statement is true and later on we need to damage i.e. weaken the plan.
Can some one explain the above question and how to categorize them whether it is must be true/inference or weaken?

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can you share source of this question. there are some questionable phrases such as : "decided that fares on all forms of public transportation will be suspended ", it is nonsensical, as something that makes sense in " suspending further rise in fare" and not "suspending the fare" itself. if it is not from official sources, this one is a ridiculous Q

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This is a good practice. At first I ignored 'be' of the 'be damaged'. Mistakenly allocate it into 'weaken' category. But actually, this is an inference question. Basing on the statements of the stem, you have to infer which group be damaged most by the plan.

IMO C. But B also seems like a good choice.

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