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School Bus Transportation – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 4151  |  NAICS 485410

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Public School Bus Services  (view report)
Scheduled & Charter Bus Services  (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 industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

STN Media
School Transportation News

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for transportation professionals, with topics covered in this publication including including fleet operations, private fleets and contractors, safety and security, special needs, maintenance, technology, regulatory environment, and industry events and conferences. Current and archived digital editions of the publication can be viewed free online.

Bobit Business Media
Publications available from this organization include:

School Bus Fleet Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news, information, and analysis for fleet operators and managers, with special features including the annual "Top 100 School District Fleets" issue (October), "Top 50 Contractors" issue (July), "Maintenance Survey" issue (March), and "Fact Book" issue (December). Digital editions are available free online, with a free subscription available to qualified professionals.

Top 100 District Fleets
Annual report ranks the top 100 school district bus systems by number of route buses, and includes data on the number of route buses in the prior year and the net change from prior year, total number of buses, number of buses by type (e.g., small, large, contractor), students transported daily, annual route mileage, starting hourly pay for drivers, driver shortage conditions, and union/nonunion status.

Top 50 Contractors
Annual contractor report ranks the top 50 fleet operators by total fleet size, and also provides data on the fleet size in the prior year and the net change from prior year, number of buses by gross vehicle weight (e.g., small - gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranging from 9,000 - 14,000 pounds, large - GVWR up to 36,000 pounds), number of students transported daily, and number of district contracts.

Maintenance Survey
Maintenance survey provides information on fleet operations and characteristics, with data provided in the report including average fleet age, typical bus retirement age by type (e.g., A/B, C/D), average annual mileage per vehicle, fleet composition (buses; maintenance trucks, vans, tractors), average hourly wage rates for technicians, and average number of buses per technician and per service bay.

School Transportation Statistics
Annual statistical summary provides data on student transportation by state for the most recent year, with data provided in the study including total K-12 public students and percentage transported daily, private K-12 students transported daily, total buses by owner (e.g., district-owned, contractor-owned, and state-owned), total annual route mileage, and total state funding aid for pupil transport services.

Bus Sales Report
Annual sales report provides data on North American bus sales for the last 10 years, with sales data provided in the report including sales by vehicle type (e.g., Type A - which are built on a van chassis, Type C - conventional vehicle with a hood in front and an entrance door behind the front wheels, and Type D - large flat-front transit-style vehicles) and geographic market (e.g., United States, Canada).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
School Bus Transportation Services  Search for "485410" 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
School Bus Transportation Services  Search for "485410" 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 ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Industry Research Reports
Industry Financial Ratios
(see links for individual reports)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and an array of industry financial ratios, with the financial ratio data presented on an annual basis for the four most recent years for which data is available and on a historical average basis over three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
School Bus Service

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this transportation sector such as bus transportation manager, safety supervisor, monitor, attendant, and driver, with employers for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including Durham School Services, LP, Student Transportation of America, Inc., First Student, Inc., and National Express, LLC.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
School and Employee Bus Transportation

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metro area basis for personnel employed by companies that transport pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school students to and from schools on a regularly scheduled basis and may also provide transport services for related activities such as field trips, sports events, and other educational or extracurricular events.

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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 public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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Related Industries:
Bus Services
Charter and Tour Bus Services
Special Needs Transportation Services
Elementary and Secondary Schools


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