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One beneficial plan for the problem of gridlocked vehicle traffic in major metropolitan areas such as New York City and Los Angeles is to provide rickshaw or bike-cart service for trips of 5 to 25 city blocks. Implementing this remedy would be far cheaper than building overpasses to circumvent problem areas, and it would also reduce the number of taxis clogging the roads.

Which of the following, if true, could supporters of the plan above most appropriately cite as evidence for the feasibility of their plan?

a) An effective rickshaw system would require major repair of potholes.
b) Half of all car trips in the country’s most congested city cover distances of nine city blocks.
c) The majority of rural travelers taking car trips in rural areas are traveling distances of over 25 city blocks.
d) Many new buses are being imported in areas presently served by existing rickshaw services.
e) A large percentage of people driving in cities are tourists who are arriving from long-distance trips or are departing the city on long-distance trips.

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a) An effective rickshaw system would require major repair of potholes.
- irrelevant. Actually weakens by giving reasons for extra costs.
b) Half of all car trips in the country’s most congested city cover distances of nine city blocks.
- Looks good. This shows half of the city is congested because of cars that travel nine city blocks. HOLD.

c) The majority of rural travelers taking car trips in rural areas are traveling distances of over 25 city blocks.
- tempting too. But, mind that this talks about rural areas and not metropolitan cities. So, irrelevant.

d) Many new buses are being imported in areas presently served by existing rickshaw services. - weakens.

e) A large percentage of people driving in cities are tourists who are arriving from long-distance trips or are departing the city on long-distance trips. - irrelevant.

Thus, B wins.

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One beneficial plan for the problem of gridlocked vehicle traffic in major metropolitan areas such as New York City and Los Angeles is to provide rickshaw or bike-cart service for trips of 5 to 25 city blocks. Implementing this remedy would be far cheaper than building overpasses to circumvent problem areas, and it would also reduce the number of taxis clogging the roads.

Which of the following, if true, could supporters of the plan above most appropriately cite as evidence for the feasibility of their plan?

a) An effective rickshaw system would require major repair of potholes.
b) Half of all car trips in the country’s most congested city cover distances of nine city blocks.
c) The majority of rural travelers taking car trips in rural areas are traveling distances of over 25 city blocks.
d) Many new buses are being imported in areas presently served by existing rickshaw services.
e) A large percentage of people driving in cities are tourists who are arriving from long-distance trips or are departing the city on long-distance trips.


Should be B


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Plan - Introduce rickshaw or bike-cart service in major metropolitan areas to reduce congestion. Introduction of these would have 2 advantages, firstly it would reduce congestion and secondly it would be a cheaper alternative when compared to some other suggestions.
The argument states that rickshaws or bike-cart services would run for 5-25 blocks and assumes that car also runs for this distance and hence replacing cars with rickshaws or bike-cart services (which are mass carriers) would address the problem. We need to strengthen this line of reasoning.
Option B strengthens this line of reasoning by stating that 50% of all car trips cover 9 city blocks, this actually strengthens the assumption.

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