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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland
Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?
A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck.
B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming.
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years?
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty?
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01 Jun 2007, 17:22
C

Down to B and C.

Picked C because if loading takes very long time, the main goal is not achieved.
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02 Jun 2007, 14:43

clearly the concern is over time.. if C is not true, one will not be able to achieve the reduction in delivery time..

B is irrelevant as clearly trucks are spending hrs in the traffic...
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02 Jun 2007, 18:38
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clearly the concern is over time.. if C is not true, one will not be able to achieve the reduction in delivery time..

B is irrelevant as clearly trucks are spending hrs in the traffic...

That's true for barges ... but how about switching to train... no information
seen in the option c about train.
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20 May 2008, 17:31
C.

Passage talks about travel thru bridge is time consuming and to save time trains can help but a good question would be whether loading stuff onto barges would be time consuming?
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20 May 2008, 17:36
C as well
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20 May 2008, 17:42
C for me as well.

A, D and E are out of scope. Between B and C, C is better ... passage doesnt mention anything about boats, so thats really out of scope as well
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20 May 2008, 18:16
Its between B and C for me.

Would go for C, over B, as in B it may still take time for loading on to a ship, and ships are not mentioned as a part of the passage.

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20 May 2008, 20:32
C is the answer since it is a question of time and not money (so we eliminate A) - boats are not being talked about, so that puts B away. D and E are not relevant to the time being saved.
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25 May 2008, 19:22
Yup another C.
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02 Jun 2016, 08:57
Hi,

Is "Whether Shipping though barges and trains is safe since the trains get robbed frequently and barges meet with accidents frequently?" a valid evaluate question to be put to the argument?
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03 Jun 2016, 04:01
Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland Island by truck. - A background information.\

The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. - A background information.
Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. – Possibilities

Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland. Line of action to achieve the Objective

Assumption – The selected option of train and barge will save time or will not exceed the time taken by trucks.
Activities such as -
b. other administrative activities such as clearances , security check etc
c. barge movement time – time taken is one hour as per
Hence, it is assumed that total time taken in activities (a to d or may be more) is less than total time spent by trucks to carry out the operation.
Thus evaluate the cycle time of the selected option/ Look out for options in the same line of thought.

A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck. the objective is to reduce shipping time , expense is not the concern

B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can beyond the plan …
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming. – Correct , need to evaluate
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years? So what …how it will impact the operation below the bridge
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty? So be it …objective is only to reduce shipping time
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03 Jun 2016, 04:07
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Hi,

Is "Whether Shipping though barges and trains is safe since the trains get robbed frequently and barges meet with accidents frequently?" a valid evaluate question to be put to the argument?

IMO - if any activity that is impacting the cycle time will be good to evaluate.

Objective is to reduce shipping time - unsafe or accident ...will not matter if the barge reaches the destination in time / before time.
If the option suggests that it is impacting the shipping time , then yes.
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03 Jun 2016, 04:19
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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland
Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?
A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck.
B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming.
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years?
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty?

Important thing is to note that the argument is about time.

(A) Cost is not an issue in this argument. So this option is OUT.
(B) Boats are not discussed in argument. OUT.
(C) This touches the idea of time. HOLD.
(D) Irrelevant detail. Even if vehicle numbers have gone down, as per argument, trucks are still stranded. So we dont gain anything. OUT
(E) This is linked to cost issue and not time. so OUT

C is the best option and is the answer.
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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland
Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?
A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck.
B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming.
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years?
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty?

Important thing is to note that the argument is about time.

(A) Cost is not an issue in this argument. So this option is OUT.
(B) Boats are not discussed in argument. OUT.
(C) This touches the idea of time. HOLD.
(D) Irrelevant detail. Even if vehicle numbers have gone down, as per argument, trucks are still stranded. So we dont gain anything. OUT
(E) This is linked to cost issue and not time. so OUT

C is the best option and is the answer.

Hi,

I agree with option C since the argument is focused on time and option C mentions time as the most critical aspect.

My first doubt is that in the argument, it talks about goods. On the other hand, in option C it only talks about fright cars. Isn't scope narrowed down to just freight cars in option C.

My second doubt is that in the argument, it talks about trains and barges while in option C, it only restricts itself to barges and does not mention trains anywhere.

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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland
Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

We are concerned about 2 things:
1. Time spent should reduce
2. Will Barge and Train help in this ?

Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?
A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck. --Expense ??- Out Of scope
B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can BOATS ??- Out Of scope[/b]
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming. Well, this is something we are looking for , will it take more tome to load /unload Goods on train/barges[/b]
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years? avg number ??- Out Of scope[/b]
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty?
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