Getting Around Town IELTS Reading General Training
Reading Passage 1
Getting Around Town
Don’t Have a Car? Here are some of our suggestions for getting around town.
A. Bus It
Carnegie Mellon and the city’s public transportation system, Port Authority Transit (PAT), have an agreement by which degree-eligible students may ride any PAT vehicle when you show a valid Carnegie Mellon ID card. There are numerous buses with stops in the Oakland area, and many of them stop right in front of Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Bus schedules are available at the University Center Information Desk, or they can be found online on the Port Authority website: www.portauthority.org.
B. Bike It
Bring your bike to campus. It’s great exercise and there are plenty of free parking spaces (racks) available near class. And when you’re ready for a break from hitting the books, there are loads of trails to ride throughout the city.
C. Cab It
It’s not free, but many Carnegie Mellon students use a cab to travel to places like the South Side and the Strip District. People’s Cab Co. 412-441-3200; Yellow Cab Co., 412-321-8100; Port Authority Transit (PAT), 412-442-2000.
D. Walk It
There is plenty to do just outside of the Carnegie Mellon campus in Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of History are right down the street. Not to mention the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that will make even a winter day look alive. Squirrel Hill and Shadyside shopping and eateries are within a 20-minute walk from campus.
E. Zip It
It’s about as close as you can get to borrowing the family car. Zipcars are located on and around campus and in several other locations in Pittsburgh. To use them, you sign up for an account online and get a card. When you need to get somewhere, book a reservation for one of the Zipcars online and then use your card to unlock the doors during the reserved time.
Questions 1 – 7
The text contains five transport options, A – E.
According to the text, which option would you choose if you wanted to do the following?
1. enjoy public gardens
2. go to Strip District with two friends
3. have a rest from studying
4. use a convenient and private form of transport
5. have something to eat at Squirrel Hill
6. get a little fitter
7. visit the Museum of History
Read the text and answer Questions 8 – 14.
Car Rental Agreement
1. Rental period
The conditions of this Agreement apply to any vehicles, including replacement vehicles, rented from Avis. Renter will rent the vehicle for the rental period shown on the Agreement. Avis may agree to extend this rental period but the rental period may not normally exceed 30 days. If Renter does not bring the vehicle back on time he is breaking the conditions in the Agreement. Avis can charge Renter for every day or part-day Renter has the vehicle after he should have returned it to Avis. Avis will charge Renter at the contracted rate until it gets the vehicle back.
2. Renter’s responsibilities
(a) Renter must look after the vehicle and keys. Renter must always lock the vehicle when he is not using it, and he will incur a charge (which Avis will set from time to time) for lost keys. Renter must use any security device fitted to or supplied with the vehicle. Renter must make sure that he uses the correct fuel.
(b) Renter is responsible for any damage to the roof or upper part of the vehicle caused by hitting low objects, such as bridges or branches. This applies irrespective of whether or not Renter has opted for collision damage waiver in accordance with Clause 7.
(c) Renter must not sell, rent or dispose of the vehicle or any of its parts. Renter must not give anyone any legal rights over the vehicle.
(d) Renter must not let anyone work on the vehicle without Avis’ written permission.
(e) Renter must let Avis know as soon as he becomes aware of any defect(s) in the vehicle.
(f) Where Avis has agreed to deliver the vehicle to Renter, Renter’s liability for damage and theft shall begin on delivery of the vehicle. Renter must bring the vehicle back to the agreed return location, during the opening hours displayed at the rental office. One of Avis’ staff must see the vehicle to check that it is in good condition.
Where Avis has agreed that Renter may return the vehicle outside of business hours (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 18:00), or where Renter has requested collection of the vehicle, Renter’s liability for damage, theft and parking violations shall extend to the earlier of midday of the first working day following the requested collection time or the time of re-inspection by a member of staff.
(g) Damage to the vehicle includes glass and tyre damage.
(h) Renter will have to pay for repairs if the vehicle requires more than Avis’ standard valeting (cleaning), or if the vehicle has been damaged either inside or outside (whether or not it is Renter’s fault).
(i) Renter must check before he brings back the vehicle that he has not left any belongings in the vehicle
Questions 8 – 14
Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS and/or a NUMBER from the text for each answer.
8. Anyone renting a car from Avis has to pay the __________ until they return it.
9. It is the Renter’s responsibility to make sure that the vehicle runs on the right __________
10. Collisions with __________ which cause damage to the upper part of the vehicle are the Renter’s responsibility.
11. No work can be carried out on the vehicle without __________ from Avis.
12. On returning the vehicle, it must be checked by a member of __________
13. Even if the Renter is not at __________ they will be expected to pay for any internal or external damage.
14. Before leaving the vehicle, Renters must make sure they have not forgotten any of their __________
Getting Around Town IELTS General Reading Answers
8. CONTRACTED RATE
10. LOW OBJECTS
11. WRITTEN PERMISSION
12. AVIS’ STAFF