SAT模拟考试-OG3阅读
题目解析
正确答案:It acknowledges that a practice favored by the author of the passag e has some limitations.
文章当中,尽管作者支持使用公共交通,但是第三个段落,作者也意识到公共交通系统的一些局限性:资金少、保养差、规划差(underfunded,ill-maintained,and ill-planned)
Questions 1-10 are based on the following passage.
This passage is adapted from Taras Grescoe, Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile. ©2012 by Taras Grescoe.

    Though there are 600 million cars on the planet,
and counting, there are also seven billion people,
which means that for the vast majority of us getting
around involves taking buses, ferryboats, commuter
*5*trains, streetcars, and subways .In other words,
traveling to work, school, or the market means being
a straphanger: somebody who, by choice or necessity,
relies on public transport, rather than a privately
owned automobile. 
*10*    Half the population of New York, Toronto, and
London do not own cars. Public transport is how
most of the people of Asia and Africa, the world`s
most populous continents, travel. Everyday, subway
systems carry 155 million passengers , thirty-four
*15*times the number carried by all the world`s airplanes,
and the global public transport market is now valued 
at $428 billion annually. A century and a half after
the invention of the internal combustion engine,
private car ownership is still an anomaly.
*20*    And yet public transportation, in many minds, Is
the opposite of glamour- a squalid last resort for
those with one too many impaired driving charges,
too poor to afford insurance, or too decrepit to get
behind the wheel of a car. In much of North
*25*America, they are right : taking transit is a depressing
experience. Anybody who has waited far too long on
a street corner for the privilege of boarding a 
lurching, overcrowded bus, or wrestled luggage onto
subways and shuttles to get to a big city airport, 
*30*knows that transition this continent tends to be 
underfunded, ill-maintained, and ill-planned. Given 
the opportunity, who wouldn`t drive? Hopping in a 
car almost always gets you to your destination more 
quickly.
*35*    It doesn`t have to be like this. Done right, public 
transport can be faster, more comfortable, and 
cheaper than the private automobile. In Shanghai,
German-made magnetic levitation trains skim over
elevated tracks at 266 miles an hour, whisking people
*40*to the airport at a third of the speed of sound. In 
provincial French towns , electric-powered streetcars
run silently on rubber tires, sliding through narrow
streets along a single guide rail set into cobblestones.
From Spain to Sweden, Wi-Fi equipped high-speed
*45*trains seamlessly connect with highly ramified metro
networks, allowing commuters to work on laptops as
they prepare for same-day meetings in once distant 
capital cities. In Latin America, China, and India,
working people board fast-loading buses that move
*50*like subway trains along dedicated busways, leaving
the sedans and SUVs of the rich mired in
dawn-to-dusk traffic jams. And some cities have 
transformed their streets into cycle -path freeways,
making giant strides in public health and safety and
*55*the sheer livability of their neighborhoods-in the 
process turning the workaday bicycle into a viable 
form of mass transit. 
    If you credit the demographers, this transit trend
has legs.The"Millenials,"who reached adulthood 
*60*around the turn of the century and now outnumber
baby boomers, tend to favor cities over suburbs, and
are far more willing than their parents to ried buses 
and subways. Part of the reason is their ease with 
iPads, MP3 players, Kindles, and smartphones: you 
*65*can get some serious texting done when you`re not 
driving, and earbuds offer effective insulation from
all but the most extreme commuting annoyances.
Even though there are more teenagers in the country 
than ever, only ten million have a driver`s license
*70*(versus twelve million a generation ago).Baby 
boomers may have been raised in Leave It to Beaver 
suburbs, but as they retire, a significant contingent is
favoring older cities and compact towns where they
have the option of walking and riding bikes. Seniors,
*75*too, are more likely to use transit, and by 2025, there 
will be 64 million Americans over the age of 
sixty-five. Already, dwellings in older neighborhoods 
in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Denver, especially
those near light-rail or subway stations ,are
*80*commanding enormous price premiums over 
suburb an homes. The experience of European and 
Asian cities shows that if you make buses, subways,
and trains convenient, comfortable, fast, and safe, a
surprisingly large percentage of citizens will opt to
*85*ride rather than drive.


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