Working residents of Springfield live, on average, farther from their workplaces than do working residents of Rorches...

Edgar on September 28, 2015

Number 8

Isn't an increase population sufficient for more bus routes? I don't understand logic in the answer.

3 Replies

Melody on September 29, 2015

We are looking for the answer choice that does not resolve the apparent discrepancy.

What is the discrepancy? Even though working residents of Springfield live, on average, farther from their workplace than do working residents of Rorchester, Springfield has only half as many bus routes as Rorchester.

The fact that Springfield has a larger population than Rorchester does only brings more confusion as to why Springfield doesn't have more bus routes. More people means more possibility that there is a larger working resident population which would need more bus routes. SO, answer choice (E) does not help in resolving the discrepancy, it only contributes to it further.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Ariella on March 7, 2017

Why is A incorrect?

Mehran on March 13, 2017

@ariella this is a Bizarro Paradox question so we are looking for the answer choice that does NOT serve as a possible explanation to the discrepancy in the stimulus.

(A) serves as a possible explanation because if 3/4ths of the Springfield workforce is employed at the same factory outside the city limits that could explain why Springfield has only half as many bus routes as Rorchester despite working residents of Springfield living farther from their workplaces than working residents of Rorchester.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.