This group covers government establishments primarily engaged in regulation, licensing, planning, inspection, and investigation of transportation services and facilities. Motor vehicle and operator licensing is classified here. Establishments of the Coast Guard that perform functions related to the regulation, administration, and operation of transportation are likewise included. Also included in this industry are civilian government air traffic control and aircraft inspection establishments. Parking authorities are classified here, but the operators of lots and garages are classified in SIC 7521: Automobile Parking. Operators of railroads, subways, depots, ports, toll roads and bridges, and other transportation facilities are classified in the Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, and Sanitary Services division. Highway construction and maintenance are classified in SIC 1611: Highway and Street Construction, Except Elevated Highways. Military establishments primarily engaged in air traffic control operations are classified in SIC 9711: National Security and private establishments engaged in air traffic control operations are classified in SIC 4581: Airports, Flying Fields, and Airport Terminal Services.
Air Traffic Control
Regulation and Administration of Transportation Programs
The regulation and administration of transportation programs includes numerous offices and agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. These offices build roadways, railways, canals, and other transportation routes; manage vehicle licensing and safety programs; collect data; inspect vehicles and equipment; regulate traffic; and enforce and propose laws. In 2002, the federal government budgeted $60.2 billion for transportation. The Department of Transportation has more than 60,000 employees throughout the world.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) was the main transportation arm of the U.S. government. Formed in April of 1967, this massive bureaucracy encompassed several major government functions and wielded significant influence over state governments that relied on its transportation funds. The DOT was comprised of eight administrations, the Surface Transportation Board, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., and the Office of the Secretary. The DOT was charged...