The Wareham Public Schools Transportation Department has consolidated bus routes due to budgetary shortfalls, which has buses nearly hitting capacity.
Transportation Manager Jeff Tatro said the changes, though some were painful, are necessary.
"We need to do everything that we possibly can to save money," Tatro told the School Committee on Wednesday. "Some of these cuts are difficult. They really put a time restraint on drivers. They put longer routes in some cases. We've had to bunch up neighborhoods."
Reporting to the committee on day two of the new school year, Tatro said there were still a few things to be worked out, but the job is getting done.