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Transportation and Warehousing Sector Drives Nonemployer Business Growth

The number of businesses without paid employees rose by 831,317 or 3.6 percent to 23.8 million establishments from 2013 to 2014. Businesses without paid employees, such as operating a family-run corner store, acting as a real estate agent, pet sitting, blogging, and snowplowing, are refered to as nonemployer businesses. The transportation and warehousing sector (NAICS 48-49) propelled the increase, leading all sectors in both rate of change (with a 13.5 percent increase) as well as absolute number of establishments added (148,626) and reached 1.3 million nonemployer establishments in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. The District of Columbia, Massachusetts and California led all states or equivalents in the rate of transportation and warehousing nonemployer growth from 2013 to 2014, at 38.9 percent, 36.9 percent and 24.8 percent, respectively. Among the 50 counties with the highest number of nonemployer establishments, California was home to six of the 10 counties with the highest rate of annual growth, with San Francisco leading these 50 counties with 61.5 percent growth in this sector. San Francisco also led among these same 50 counties in the rate of increase for transportation and warehousing receipts with 33.8 percent annual growth in 2014. Among these same 50 counties, two of the five counties with the fastest rate of increase in receipts for this sector were in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va. metro area (24.1 percent increase in Fairfax, Va., and 23.7 percent increase in Montgomery, Md.). The District of Columbia topped all states or state-equivalents in the rate of increase for transportation and warehousing receipts at 35.9 percent to $78.3 million, followed by Illinois (18.4 percent to $4.9 billion) and Texas (17.7 percent to $10.2 billion) in 2014…”

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted [May 18, 2016] a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner. Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015. The FAAContinue Reading

Mapping Transit for 287 American Cities

Center for Data Innovation – “Urban sustainability nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has created AllTransit, a collection of interactive maps built with public transit data from 805 transit agencies in 287 cities throughout the United States. The maps provide neighborhood level insight into the availability, accessibility, cost, and variety of public transportation options, andContinue Reading

Space Budgets From Around The World

Space Program Spending As A Percent of GDP – Percent change, 2008 to 2014 – Data clearly indicates US is not even close to the top of the list.

Report – Most urban cyclists are working-class immigrants

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research: “Who bikes?  – Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that across the nation and in major cities across the sprawling, car-dependent Sun Belt, the largest share of people who bike are in lower-income brackets. “It’s not just that bike advocates aren’t representing invisible cyclists,” Lugo said. “It’s thatContinue Reading

Montgomery County MD Bicycle Stress Map Seeks to Make Streets Safer

Mapping How Stressful Streets Can Limit Cycling – “Few cycling thoroughfares in Washington, D.C., are fully protected from traffic. They’re packed with rushing cars, people backing out of driveways, and shape-shifting bike lanes, when any actually exist. As a daily bike commuter, I can attest that these factors can make cycling pretty harrying, which inContinue Reading

Air Travel Consumer Report May 2016

May 2016 Air Travel Consumer Report. “About this Document – The Air Travel Consumer Report is a monthly product of the Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (OAEP). The report is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by the airlines… The report is divided into sixContinue Reading

Biking To Work Is Healthier Than Driving Regardless of Air Pollution

Charlie Sorrel, Fast Coexist –  “Biking is obviously better for you than driving, because while biking you are exercising and while driving you are sitting. “But wait! cry the pro-driving advocates. When you bike, you’re inhaling (quite deeply, because of the exercise) air that is full of the polluting exhaust of the cars around you.Continue Reading

Transportation Security: Issues for the 114th Congress

CRS report – Transportation Security: Issues for the 114th Congress. Bart Elias, Specialist in Aviation Policy; David Randall Peterman, Analyst in Transportation Policy; John Frittelli, Specialist in Transportation Policy. May 9, 2016. “The nation’s air, land, and marine transportation systems are designed for accessibility and efficiency, two characteristics that make them highly vulnerable to terroristContinue Reading

DOT proposes increased use of the zipper merge

Minnesota Department of Transportation: “When a lane is closed in a construction zone, a zipper merge occurs when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in “zipper” fashion into the open lane. Benefits Reduces differences in speeds between two lanes Reduces the overall length of traffic backupContinue Reading

Delivery Drones: Coming to the Sky Near You?

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar – Delivery Drones: Coming to the Sky Near You? – 05/06/2016: “Can you prevent a drone from flying over your house to deliver a package to your neighbor? Until now, that question has been of purely theoretical interest. However, the Senate recently passed a bill that could significantly changeContinue Reading

Metro announces year long repair program that will disrupt commuting

Washington Post – Metro to close sections of lines in year-long repair project – “Metro next month will begin a massive subway rebuilding effort that will inconvenience virtually everyone who uses the system, with portions of most rail lines shut down for up to a month at a time and reductions in train service throughoutContinue Reading