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# Winston: The Public Transportation Authority (PTA) cannot fulfill its

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04 Apr 2013, 01:46
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Winston: The Public Transportation Authority (PTA) cannot fulfill its mandate to operate without a budget deficit unless it eliminates service during late-night periods of low ridership. Since the fares collected during these periods are less than the cost of providing the service, these cuts would reduce the deficit and should be made. Transit law prohibits unauthorized fare increases, and fare-increase authorization would take two years.

Ping: Such service cuts might cost the PTA more in lost fares than they would save in costs, for the PTA would lose those riders who leave home during the day but must return late at night. Thus the PTA would lose two fares while realizing cost savings for only one leg of such trips.

The relationship of Ping's response to Winston's argument is that Ping's response

a) Carefully redefines a term used in Winston's argument
b) questions Winston's proposal by raising considerations not adressed by Winston
c) supplies a premise that could have been used as part of the support for winston's argument
d) introduces detailed statistical evidence that is more persuasive than that offered by Winston
e) proposes a solution to the PTA's dilemma by contradicting Winston's conclusion
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04 Apr 2013, 10:29
IMO B seems the most logical because winston failed to look at how the full use of the transportation system, arrival and departure.
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04 Apr 2013, 11:38
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Winston: The Public Transportation Authority (PTA) has to eliminate service during late-night periods of low ridership. Fares collected during these periods are less than the cost of providing the service.
Ping:PTA would lose those riders who leave home during the day but must return late at night.

The relationship of Ping's response to Winston's argument is that Ping's response

a) Carefully redefines a term used in Winston's argument
There is no such thing in the passage
b) questions Winston's proposal by raising considerations not adressed by Winston
IMO CORRECT
c) supplies a premise that could have been used as part of the support for winston's argument
Ping goes against Winston's claim, doesn't give any support to it.
d) introduces detailed statistical evidence that is more persuasive than that offered by Winston
e) proposes a solution to the PTA's dilemma by contradicting Winston's conclusion
Ping doesn't propose a solution
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24 Nov 2015, 01:00
ANS = B.
Wilson - Cut the night buses.
Ping - If we cut night bus, we lose day customer who return back. But wait, does he mean that, if there is no night bus, people will not be able to go to their destination (say,work/home whatever). Is there no other bus/transport service available. Like a train or something.

A - Redefines what? - Eliminated.
B - Keep this one.
C - premise that could have been used as part to support W's conclusion. No. P doesn't support W's conclusion at all. Eliminated.
D - Statistics - Nope. More persuasive than W's - No comparison is made. Eliminated.
E - Proposes a solution - No.

ANS - B.
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16 Mar 2019, 21:00
All except B are wrong. But how to justify answer choice B. Where is PING questioning Winstons proposal. What is meant by questioning in CR context?
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