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Boston school bus drivers gave warning of route troubles

Three weeks before classes began this school year, bus drivers warned their bosses that Boston’s schools were destined to repeat “massive, systemwide chaos’’ if they proceeded with error-ridden routes that would not allow enough time to transport students.

The routes were used anyway. And now, the school district finds itself wrestling with persistent bus tardiness, as one student out of every 10 still arrives after the first bell rings. City and school officials have struggled to get students to class on time since the school year started, when up to 37 percent of buses arrived as much as an hour late.

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