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Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton

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Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton

Please explain your line of reasoning and get KUDOS


We have to find something that strengths that restoring the Somerton train service would not result in any deficits.

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.--> Irrelevant. No relation to the conclusion.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year. --> The argument never states that the train charges would be more than it was last year. Irrelevant.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been. --> If only few commuters ate satisfied with the current commuting means, it implies they may be willing to use the train again to commute. Hence, strengths the argument.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant. --. No reason to why restoring the trains would not have negative impact.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton --.> Weaken the conclusion by stating that people might not need to commute to get to their job locations/shopping stores.
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Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton

Please explain your line of reasoning and get KUDOS


We need to find something that shows that people are willing to use rail service
A. Start-up costs? So what?
B.Willingness to pay no more than riders paid last year doesn't mean that people will like new rail
C. Correct. If people are not satisfied with current means of transportation then they are likely to use rail services
D.Stores and factories don't buy tickets
E.Same as D
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Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton

Please explain your line of reasoning and get KUDOS




The correct answer is C. The reason that Rail Executive feels that there is no reliable transportation from Somerton rail station that the commuters can use for daily commute. Hence once the train service is restored ridership would definitely increase. Hence the answer C.

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Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Deficit will occur if cost of running the service is more than the revenue generated.
Revenue = no. of ridership*fare per passenger.

Fare per passenger can depend on on no. of miles or stop.


Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route. Weakener
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
Weakener

C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been. Strenthen

D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant. Weakener
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton. irrelevant.
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The Crux of this is to figure out the scope shift between more people and more Riders. I ask myself, what would make it more likely that the people who moved in are likely to be riders? The answer is most likely to have something about riders and transportation.

If it doesn't it's very likely to be out of the scope.

So I first look at answers that mention Riders.

That narrows it down to B & C, and B is basically talking about something that isn't relevant.

C is correct because it stating that they can recoup the previous riders.

If they cannot recoup the previous writers, who cares about the new people right?

They are unlikely to stay in business and avoid deficits if they can't get those folks back on board.

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NandishSS wrote:
Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton

Please explain your line of reasoning and get KUDOS




The correct answer is C. The reason that Rail Executive feels that there is no reliable transportation from Somerton rail station that the commuters can use for daily commute. Hence once the train service is restored ridership would definitely increase. Hence the answer C.

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but rail is also a means of transportation. in that way it is weakening the argument? am i correct?
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NandishSS wrote:
Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton

Please explain your line of reasoning and get KUDOS




The correct answer is C. The reason that Rail Executive feels that there is no reliable transportation from Somerton rail station that the commuters can use for daily commute. Hence once the train service is restored ridership would definitely increase. Hence the answer C.

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but rail is also a means of transportation. in that way it is weakening the argument? am i correct?


It is given in the passage that the train service has been discontinued last year. Hence the "means of transportation that they now use" mentioned in option C does not include the train service.
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Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton

Please explain your line of reasoning and get KUDOS


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between C and E i chose E because C is talking only baout the customers of Somerton rail service. But number of these customers was already very low because of which the service was clsoed. Therefore, even if "ALL" the customers return to the rail service no "NEW CUSTOMERS" are being added. So the situation remains same...In contrast "E" is giving a possibility of "INCREASE" in the numer of customers.
Had it been a DS question "both are required---option c" could have been correct, but here I think E is better....

Please help by indicating the flaw in my reasoning...
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Rail Executive: Last year we discontinued our Somerton train service because low ridership caused total fares collected to be substantially lower than the cost of operating the service. However, the number of people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year. Therefore, potential ridership must also have increased, and so there is a good chance that restoring the Somerton train service this year would not result in serious deficits.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the rail executive's argument?

A)Once rail service along a given route has been discontinued, there are substantial start-up costs associated with restoring service along that route.
B)Most potential Somerton riders are unwilling to pay more for the train service than riders paid last year.
C)Very few of the Somerton line's former daily commuters find the means of transportation that they now use as satisfactory as the train service had been.
D)After the train service was discontinued last year, several stores and factories in Somerton went out of business and their properties have remained vacant.
E)Several retail businesses that once each had a single store, located in the Somerton business district near the train station,now also have branches that are conveniently located in communities near Somerton

Please explain your line of reasoning and get KUDOS


HI
between C and E i chose E because C is talking only baout the customers of Somerton rail service. But number of these customers was already very low because of which the service was clsoed. Therefore, even if "ALL" the customers return to the rail service no "NEW CUSTOMERS" are being added. So the situation remains same...In contrast "E" is giving a possibility of "INCREASE" in the numer of customers.
Had it been a DS question "both are required---option c" could have been correct, but here I think E is better....

Please help by indicating the flaw in my reasoning...
Thanx


The passage already indicates that "people living in communities near the Somerton train line has increased significantly this year." Therefore your reason for eliminating C is incorrect.

The fact that the stores have branches in the district does not contribute to increase in ridership of the train service.
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