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Bus Transportation Services

SIC 4100 | NAICS 485000


The following guide to industry analysis, trends, and statistics provides sources for industry news and information, market research reports, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.



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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts



Public Transportation - Bus and Rail  (view report)
Scheduled & Charter Bus Services  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast


United Motorcoach Association
Bus & Motorcoach News
https://www.busandmotorcoachnews.com/

Biweekly trade magazine features news, information, and analysis for the North American commercial bus and motorcoach operators, with topics addressed in each issue including business management, fleet operations, market development, financing, human resources, insurance, maintenance, and legal advice. Selected articles from current and archived issues of the magazine can be viewed free online.



Bus Transportation Services
http://www.firstresearch.com

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast


Bobit Business Media
Publications available from this organization include:

Metro Magazine
http://www.metro-magazine.com/
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the transit bus, transit rail, and motorcoach industries, with special features including the annual "Fact Book" (September issue), "Top 100 Transit Fleet Survey" (September/October issue), and the "Top 50 Motorcoach Fleet Survey" (January issue). Annual fact book issue and current and prior digital editions of the magazine are available free online.

Fact Book
http://www.metro-magazine.com/
Annual publication provides information on the transit bus, transit rail, and motorcoach industries, with content sections including industry data (e.g., transit bus data, rail project data, top motorcoach fleets), bus and chassis manufacturers, equipment, parts and service providers, consultants and contractors, and national, state, and regional organizations serving the industry. Publication is available free online.


The Producers, Inc.
BUSRide Magazine
https://busride.com/

Monthly publication features news and information for the transit, paratransit, motorcoach, school bus, and community transportation sectors, with topics addressed in each issue including enterprise asset management, fare collection, security and surveillance, accessibility, connectivity, facility design, and driver safety and training. Current and prior digital editions of the magazine can be viewed free online.


Rankin Publishing Company, Inc.
Busline Magazine
http://www.buslinemag.com/

Bimonthly journal features news and information for tour, transit, and specialty vehicle operators, with a primary focus on equipment (e.g., buses, vans, vehicle lifts, engines, transmissions), services (e.g., finance, insurance), and technology (e.g., software systems, video surveillance, tracking technology). Digital editions are available online, with free subscription for qualified parties available upon request.


American Public Transportation Association
Publications available from this organization include:

Fact Book
http://www.apta.com/
Annual report provides national statistics for buses used in public transportation, with data provided in this publication including passenger trips and miles, vehicle miles operated, hours operated, average speed in service, number of vehicles available, average age, minimum useful life, and employees by job function (e.g., operations, vehicle maintenance, other maintenance, and general administration).

Investment Data
http://www.apta.com/
Annual publication provides data on the number and types of buses used in public transportation, with information provided in the report including number of transit vehicles, number of new transit vehicles delivered, number of vehicles by body type (e.g., standard, articulated, double decked, over the road, and van), and number of vehicles by vehicle length for urbanized areas only and for rural areas only.




Financial Ratios and Benchmarking Data



Industry Financial Ratios
Urban Transit / Interurban and Rural Bus Services
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "485"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios


IBISWorld
Scheduled & Charter Bus Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for firms that provide intercity, rural, and other long-distance passenger transportation services over regular routes and schedules and/or charter transportation services on an as-needed contract basis for private groups and organizations. Sample report is available online.


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Compensation and Salary Surveys


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Urban Transit Systems / Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation
https://www.bls.gov/oes/urban / interurban-and-rural

Annual employment and wage surveys provide hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis for personnel employed by firms which provide these transportation services, with job occupations covered by these surveys including transit and intercity drivers, mechanics and diesel engine specialists, and vehicle and equipment cleaners. All information is available free online.


PayScale
Transit, Interurban, and Rural Bus Service
https://www.payscale.com/

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this transportation sector such as operations manager, operations supervisor, and driver/operator (transit, transit and intercity), with employers for which wage data is provided including Greyhound Lines, Inc., First Transit, Inc., TransDev North America, Inc., MV Transportation, Inc., and Adirondack Trailways.


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