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In order to relieve traffic congestion, the city of Gastner built a new highway linking several of the city's suburbs to the downtown area. However, the average commute time for workers in downtown Gastner increased after the new highway opened.

Which one of the following, if true, most helps to explain the increase in average commute time?

[A] Most people who work in the downtown area of Gastner commute from one of the city's suburbs.

[B] The location of the new highway is most convenient for people who commute to and from Gastner's largest suburbs.

[C] Shortly after the new highway was opened, several suburban roads connecting to the new highway were upgraded with new stoplights.

[D] At the same time the new highway was being built, road repair work was being done on important streets leading to downtown Gastner.

[E] In Gastner's downtown area, traffic on the roads near the new highway became more congested after the new highway was opened.
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In order to relieve traffic congestion, the city of Gastner built a new highway linking several of the city's suburbs to the downtown area. However, the average commute time for workers in downtown Gastner increased after the new highway opened.

Which one of the following, if true, most helps to explain the increase in average commute time?

[A] Most people who work in the downtown area of Gastner commute from one of the city's suburbs.

[b] The location of the new highway is most convenient for people who commute to and from Gastner's largest suburbs.

[C] Shortly after the new highway was opened, several suburban roads connecting to the new highway were upgraded with new stoplights.

[D] At the same time the new highway was being built, road repair work was being done on important streets leading to downtown Gastner.

[E] In Gastner's downtown area, traffic on the roads near the new highway became more congested after the new highway was opened.


+1 for E.

The question asks us to resolve the paradox and the correct answer choice would correctly explain why the increase in commute time was observed after the opening of the new highway.

A. Incorrect, as it doesn't provide an explanation to why the new highway was not able to solve the traffic problem.
B. Incorrect, same as A.
C. Incorrect, as the stoplights were upgraded and not increased in number.
D. Tempting but incorrect, we need to find an explanation for increase in traffic after the opening of the new highway and not during its construction.
E. Correct! Since the opening of the new highway led to more congestion therefore the average commute time could be increased.
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