GMAT Question of the Day: Daily via email | Daily via Instagram New to GMAT Club? Watch this Video

It is currently 02 Jun 2020, 05:11

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Find Similar Topics 
Math Expert
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 64163
One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Aug 2019, 23:13
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  65% (hard)

Question Stats:

56% (01:54) correct 44% (02:05) wrong based on 177 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities is to increase the speed at which traffic moves in the heart of the city. This can be accomplished by raising the tolls on the tunnels and bridges connecting the city with other communities. This will discourage auto traffic into the city and will encourage people to use public transportation instead.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Nearly all of the traffic in the center of the city is commerical traffic which will continue despite the toll increases
(B) Some people now driving alone into the city would choose to car pool with each other rather than use public transportation
(C) Any temporary improvement in traffic flow would be lost because the improvement itself would attract more cars
(D) The numbers of commuters who would be deterred by the toll increases would be insignificant
(E) The public transportation system is not able to handle any significant increase in the number of commuters using the system

_________________
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 19 Feb 2019
Posts: 120
Location: India
Concentration: Marketing, Statistics
GMAT 1: 650 Q46 V34
GPA: 3
Re: One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 11 Aug 2019, 06:27
1
Please explain
Eventually by carpooling the traffic will reduce. So the final objective which is to reduce the traffic will be achieved
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 03 Mar 2019
Posts: 40
GMAT 1: 640 Q45 V32
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V37
Re: One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 06 Oct 2019, 05:14
this question is poor-writing since every answers does weaken the argument.
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 18 Aug 2019
Posts: 12
Re: One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 06 Oct 2019, 17:47
Conclusion has 2 parts : - 1. discourage auto traffic into the city and 2. encourage people to use public transportation
Every answer weakens both the parts of conclusion, But option B ,which says that though traffic will decrease but usage of public transportation won't increase. Hence, option B least weakens the conclusion.
GMAT Club team member
User avatar
V
Status: GMAT Club Team Member
Affiliations: GMAT Club
Joined: 02 Nov 2016
Posts: 5946
GPA: 3.62
Re: One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Jan 2020, 10:05
Official Explanation

The question is one that tests the validity or strength of a causal inference. Often such arguments can be attacked by finding intervening causal linkages, that is, variables that might interfere with the predicted result. (A) cites such a variable. If the traffic problem is created by commercial traffic that will not be reduced by toll increases, then the proposed increases will not solve the problem.

(C), too, is such a variable. It suggests that the proposal is essentially self defeating.

(D) undermines the claim by arguing that the deterrent effect of a price increase is simply not significant, so the proposal will have little, if any, effect.

(E) attacks the argument on a different ground. The ultimate objective of the plan is to reduce commuting time. Even assuming a drop in auto traffic because some commuters use public transportation, no advantage is gained if the public transportation system cannot handle the increase in traffic.

(B), however, does very little to the argument. In fact, it could be argued that (B) is one of the predicted results of the plan: a drop in the number of autos because commuters begin to car-pool.

The correct answer is (B).

_________________
GMAT Club Bot
Re: One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities   [#permalink] 09 Jan 2020, 10:05

One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  





Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne