May 1, 2014

Skorton: Cornell Struggling to Find Money for TCAT Subsidies

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By TYLER ALICEA

President David Skorton said he is still deciding on the future of free bus passes for first-year students just days after the University Assembly called upon Cornell to increase its subsidies to Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit.

The U.A. voted April 22 in favor of increasing the University’s subsidies to TCAT, in light of a $700,000 annual budget deficit facing Transportation Services. Approximately $500,000 of that deficit is caused by an increase in TCAT’s freshmen ridership.

A Tompkins County Consolidated Area Transit bus arrives at the Statler Hall bus stop. A former TCAT employee was accused of embezzling nearly $250,000 from the company. (Shailee Shah / Sun Senior Photographer)

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