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Special Needs Transportation – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 4119  |  NAICS 485991

This free online guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Ambulance Services  (view report)
Special Needs Transportation  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

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.

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.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Special Needs Transportation  Search for "485991" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Special Needs Transportation  Search for "485991" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Special Needs Transportation
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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

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.
Special Needs Transportation
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as executive director, operations manager, programs coordinator, scheduling coordinator, direct care worker, and bus driver, with employers for which salaries or hourly rates are provided including MTM Transit Inc., National Express Transit Corporation, First Transit Inc., and Transdev North America Inc.

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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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 4119 - Local Passenger Transportation
  NAICS Code 485991 - Special Needs Transportation
Types of establishments included in these codes
Non-emergency medical transportation - establishments that transport elderly, disabled, or special needs individuals who require some assistance but do not need an ambulance to medical appointments or treatments, or transfer them to other healthcare facilities.
Wheelchair-accessible van services - establishments that provide transportation services using wheelchair-accessible vans that are equipped with ramps, lifts, and wheelchair securement systems for individuals who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility.
Paratransit service providers - establishments offering specialized transportation services on a door-to-door or curb-to-curb basis for individuals who are unable to use standard public transportation services because of their age, disabilities, or health conditions.
Elderly transportation services - establishments engaged in providing services specifically tailored to meet the needs of elderly individuals by offering a reliable means of access to medical appointments, grocery shopping, social events, and other essential activities.
Disabled transportation services providers - establishments specializing in transportation services that meet the specific needs of disabled individuals and provide ready access to medical appointments, shopping, employment, education, and social activities.
Special needs school transportation services - establishments that are primarily engaged in transporting students with physical or mental disabilities who may require additional assistance or accommodations to travel to and from school and related activities.
Group home transportation providers - establishments offering specialized transportation services for elderly and disabled residents of group homes that provide them with ready
access to medical appointments, social outings, community events, and other activities.
Community-based transportation programs - establishments operating community-based programs targeted at providing transportation services for individuals with special needs that may provide door-to-door, demand-responsive, or scheduled fixed-route options.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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Ambulance Services
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