School bus route cuts in Boston mean longer trips for most students

Boston, MA--8/29/2013--Students from the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School load school buses, on Thursday, August 29, 2013.  (For a story on the Boston Public Schools website where a parent can go to check the location of his/her child's bus.)  
Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
Topic:  30bus
Reporter:   Vaznis
–Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

The Boston school system, in an effort to save up to $5 million, will consolidate scores of bus routes this fall, resulting in the layoff of dozens of drivers.

Many students in September will likely find themselves at new bus stops and on commutes that will either be longer or, in some cases, shorter than those they had this past school year because of the route changes.

John Hanlon, the school system’s chief of operations, said the changes “could yield significant savings for the district, savings that could be reinvested in the classroom.’’