Rural bus services across Shropshire face the axe as part of a £3.6 million county council cost-cutting plan.
Council leaders have appointed consultants to advise on how to save £230,000 a year by abolishing subsidies on under-used routes.
Edward Everall, cabinet member for the environment, said the council subsidised some journeys by as much as £16 per passenger and it was impossible to justify such costs.
Coun Everall (Con Tern) promised the council would not make across-the-board cuts, which could have a significant impact on rural communities.
He said: "While the previous practice has been simply to cut high-cost services, on this occasion a more fundamental review of transport has been commissioned.
"This review will respond to public concerns and Local Transport Plan performance targets, as well as the need to ensure our services provide value for money.
"The aim is to draw up proposals for a new longerterm and more sustainable strategy for public transport provision in Shropshire. Options are being explored for shifting the balance of expenditure from the traditional bus service towards more demand-responsive, flexible and community transport services. This would require widespread changes to bus services, more than would be impacted simply by cutting high-cost services."
The council's savings target of £3.6 million, designed to keep next year's council tax increase to four per cent, was set by Shropshire's new Conservative administration in September.
The economy and environment department has been told to find £825,000, including £230,000 from rural bus services.
Savings of £350,000 in roads maintenance, £35,000 in support to local businesses and £160,000 in job cuts are also planned.
The council plans to spend an additional £800,000 on waste management.
County Council leader Malcolm Pate (Con Albrighton) has ordered the £3.6 million savings to be delivered with the least possible impact on front line services.