And when the city put out the routes for bid, it did so without the job protections that had previously been in place.
Previously the number of seats and routes available had dropped significantly.
The city was often loath to change companies, in part because it feared the disruption that canceling their routes might cause.
early 13c., from Old French rute "road, way, path" (12c.), from Latin rupta (via) "(a road) opened by force," from rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)). Sense of "fixed or regular course for carrying things" (cf. mail route) is 1792, an extension of the meaning "customary path of animals" (early 15c.).
1890, from route (n.). Related: Routed; routing.