Every day, people across the country are waking up to the news that bus routes for schools and afterschool programs have been consolidated or eliminated. Because most school buses run on more expensive diesel fuel, transportation costs have become prohibitive. School districts, especially those in rural communities, are finding their budgets consumed by high-priced gasoline.

To cope, some school systems are cutting back on bus routes, forcing parents to provide transportation or children to walk greater distances. Others are considering ending the extra bus trips to bring children home after their afterschool programs close.