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Disabled, Elderly & Special Needs Transportation Services

SIC 4119 | NAICS 485991

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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 trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Bobit Business Media
Metro Magazine

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the transit bus, transit rail, and motorcoach industries, with special features including the "Paratransit" news channel and the "Paratransit Survey" published in the August issue of the magazine which provides a snapshot of trends within the industry. Digital editions can be viewed free online, with free subscription available to transit industry personnel.

Ambulance Services

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

The Transportation Alliance
Publications available from this trade association include:

Transportation Leader
Quarterly magazine features news and information for owners and managers of for-hire transportation companies, with each issue including feature stories for its taxicab, limousine, and paratransit service divisions as well as providing in-depth preview and after-show coverage of the annual convention and trade show. Magazine is available to members at no charge and by paid subscription to nonmembers.

Paratransit & Contracting Division Fact Book
Annual publication provides statistical data and other benchmarking information for private sedan, van, and minibus fleet operators that provide special transportation services for the elderly and disabled on a contractual basis for public and not-for-profit agencies, with examples of these operations including non-emergency medical and ADA-compliant door-to-door paratransit transportation service providers.

Bobit Business Media
Surveys available from this organization include:

Paratransit Survey
Annual survey provides a snapshot of trends within the paratransit industry, with topics covered in the survey including vehicles utilized (e.g., medium-to-large buses, small buses, vans, and taxis/sedans), ridership trends, wheelchair lift usage, leading driver-related concerns, top technologies implemented, and billing practices. Survey can be viewed free online in the August digital edition of Metro Magazine.

Special-Needs Survey
Annual survey provides information on special-needs students and their transportation requirements, with topics addressed in the survey including percentage of fleet primarily transporting special-needs students, average percentage of passengers with special needs, percentage of passengers using a wheelchair, service animal transport policies, and types of vehicles used for special-needs transport.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Special Needs Transportation Services  Search for "485991"

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 sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

The Transportation Alliance
Paratransit & Contracting Division Fact Book

Financial benchmarking section of this publication provides data on operating costs per mile and per hour, with cost categories covered by the survey including employee driver wages with benefits and taxes, independent contractor drivers, administrative salaries, fuel and lubricants, vehicle insurance, repair and maintenance, dispatch and reservation wages, and building rent, utilities, and telephone.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

The Transportation Alliance
Paratransit & Contracting Division Fact Book

Compensation section of the annual fact book provides information on average starting hourly wages and average hourly wages for supervisors, call takers, dispatchers, drivers, and mechanics and also includes information on employer-provided fringe benefits for office employees and employee drivers (e.g., health, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, workers compensation, and other).

PayScale, Inc.
Medical / Special Needs Transportation Services / special needs

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for selected job positions in these transportation sectors such as operations manager, transportation supervisor, fleet dispatcher, patient transporter, bus driver, and van driver, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including MTM / Medical Transportation Management, Inc. and LogistiCare Solutions, LLC.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation

Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by companies that provide transportation services for infirm, elderly, or handicapped individuals, with occupational categories covered in the survey including bus drivers who transport elderly or disabled persons and ambulance drivers and attendants who transport sick, injured, or convalescent persons.

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