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Notes: 

See transit profile for transit bus data.

Description: 

KEY:  N = data do not exist; R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

a In 2003, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a program to improve reporting by Class I intercity bus carriers. This accounts for the large increase in Number of operating companies between 2002 and 2003, and as a result the large increase in Operating revenues and Operating expenses. For all years, New Jersey Transit has been excluded from the totals because of its status as a publicly run carrier.

b Urban consists of travel on all roads and streets in urban places of 5,000 or greater population.

cNumber of revenue passengers data for 1960 to 1980 are for both regular route and charter buses of all classes. 1990 to 2001 data are for regular route and charter Class I Carriers only. For 2002 to 2004, this category includes charter, tour, sightseeing, airport shuttle, contract and private commuters, and scheduled services.

dAverage revenue per passenger mile data for 2002 to 2004 is Greyhound Lines passenger service revenue per passenger-mile. 

e Includes all fatalities that occurred in an accident in which a bus was involved.

Source: 

Financial:

School bus:

National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), Table 236.90, available at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/2018menu_tables.asp as of Oct. 2, 2019.

Intercity bus, Class I:

1960-95: Interstate Commerce Commission, Annual Report of the ICC (Washington, DC:  Annual Issues), Appendix F, tables 1 and 6.  

1996-2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Selected Earnings Data, Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers (Washington, DC: Annual Issues).

2003: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, personal communication, Feb. 16, 2005.

Inventory: 

Number of vehicles, all buses:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table MV-10, available at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of Apr. 17, 2019.

Number of employees (SIC based):

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics Survey, SIC codes: "413 Intercity and rural bus transportation" and "415 School buses," available at http://www.bls.gov/data/archived.htm as of January 2005.

Number of employees (NAICS based):

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics Survey, NAICS codes: "4852 Interurban and rural bus transportation," "4854 School and employee bus transportation," and "4855 Charter bus industry," available at http://www.bls.gov/ces/data.htm as of Apr. 17, 2019.

Performance:

1960-95: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics, Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table VM-201A, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi/hss/hsspubs.cfm as of July 16, 2010.  

1996-2017: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table VM-1, available at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of Apr. 17, 2019.

Safety: 

Number of fatalities, all buses:

1960-2007: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), tables 75 and 95 and similar tables in previous issues, available at https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov as of Oct. 23, 2018.

2008-17: Ibid., Traffic Safety Facts 2008-2017 Data, School-Transportation-Related Crashes, (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table 1, available at https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812712 as of Oct. 11, 2019.

Occupant fatalities, all buses:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts, table 28, available at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus... as of Oct. 11, 2019.

Fatalities in vehicular accidentse, all buses:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts, table 25, available at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus... as of Oct. 11, 2019.

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