This industry classification includes establishments primarily engaged in furnishing miscellaneous passenger transportation, where such operations are principally within a municipality, contiguous municipalities, or a municipality and its suburban areas. Establishments primarily engaged in renting passenger automobiles without drivers are classified in services, Industry Group 751: Automobile Rental and Leasing, without Drivers. Establishments primarily operating ski lifts, tows, and other recreational lifts are classified as SIC 7999: Amusement and Recreation Services, Not Elsewhere Classified.
School and Employee Bus Industry
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land
Special Needs Transportation
All Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
A diverse range of transportation modes makes up this industry classification. Among the types of companies in this group were ambulance services, limousine services (with drivers), and aerial tramways and cables cars that were not for amusement or scenic use. Sightseeing buses (non-charter), vanpool operations, and hearse rentals with drivers were also classified in this industry.
The overall industry leader in 2001 was American Medical Response of Aurora, Colorado, with $3 billion in sales and nearly 21,000 employees. Rural/Metro Corp. of Scottsdale, Arizona, was second with $497 million in sales and 10,500 employees. Emergency Medical Service of Maspeth, New York, had $464 million in sales and 3,500 employees. Fourth was VPSI Inc. of Troy, Michigan, with $273 million in sales and 300 employees. Rounding out the top five was Washington, D.C.-based Carey International Inc., with $230 million in sales and 1,000 employees.
There were 7,915 establishments classified in this industry in the 1990s, according to County Business Patterns. This number decreased after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 caused a general economic downturn. Many smaller companies did not survive. Almost 3,500 of them had been very small operations, with fewer than five employees. The industry employed 130,677 people, with a total annual payroll of $2.2 billion.
The top companies in this catch-all industry were ambulance services. Collectively, ambulance services in the United States generated about...