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Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation Increased in 2015

“Nonemployer businesses, establishments without paid employees, in the Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation subsector (North American Industry Classification System (NAICS 485) increased by 59.4 percent from 362,445 in 2014 to 577,809 in 2015, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. Receipts in this subsector increased 21.9 percent from $11.7 billion in 2014 to $14.3 billion in 2015. Examples of the Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation subsector include rideshares, taxi and limousine services, chartered bus, school bus and special needs transportation. The Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation subsector had the largest increase within the Transportation and Warehousing sector (NAICS 48-49). “The Transportation and Warehousing sector reached 1.5 million nonemployer establishments in 2015 leading all sectors in both rate of change (with a 22.2 percent increase) and number of establishments gained (277,383),” said Jenny Tran, chief of the Business Statistics branch. “By comparison, when looking across all sectors covered, the number of establishments rose by 494,466 or 2.1 percent to 24.3 million from 2014 to 2015.” Additionally for this sector, the District of Columbia, Rhode Island and Maryland led all states or equivalents in the rate of increase in the number of nonemployer establishments from 2014 to 2015, at 54.1 percent, 43.7 percent and 39.9 percent, respectively. The District of Columbia topped all states or equivalents in the rate of increase in receipts for the Transportation and Warehousing sector at 20.4 percent to $94.2 million, followed by Massachusetts (13.8 percent to $1.1 billion) and Rhode Island (13.5 percent to $126.1 million) in 2015. The overall rate of increase in nonemployer receipts was 2.9 percent from 2014 to 2015, reaching $1.1 trillion. The Real Estate and Rental and Leasing sector (NAICS 53) led all sectors in total receipts, with $259.8 billion in 2015. Receipts for the Accommodation and Food Services sector (NAICS 72) climbed the fastest, with a growth of 9.0 percent to $17.7 billion in 2015. Receipts per establishment among sole proprietorships rose 1.0 percent from 2014 to 2015, reaching $34,242. Sole proprietorships accounted for 86.4 percent of nonemployer establishments.   These data are all part of Nonemployer Statistics: 2015, which publishes statistics on businesses in over 450 industries at varying levels of geography, including national, state, county, metropolitan statistical area and combined statistical area. The data are also presented by Legal Form of Organization as filed with the Internal Revenue Service, and by Receipt Size Class…”

GAO – Internet of Things: Status and implications of an increasingly connected world

Technology Assessment: Internet of Things: Status and implications of an increasingly connected world, GAO-17-75: Published: May 15, 2017. Publicly Released: May 15, 2017. “The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the technologies and devices that sense information and communicate it to the Internet or other networks and, in some cases, act on that information. These… Continue Reading

FAA Publishes First Set of UAS Facility Maps

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. But drone operators still need FAA authorization to fly in those areas. This marks a key first step as the FAA and industry… Continue Reading

Fortune Global 500

View the Full List of Fortune Global 500 Visualize The Global 500 – “People visit and revisit the Global 500 for lots of reasons, chief among them: job prospects, sales leads, corporate research and investor information. And bragging rights, of course. Below are two visualizations that allow you to explore the Global 500. On the… Continue Reading

Drug Impaired Driving – Guide for States

Drugged Driving now more widespread than Drunk Driving: “This report, originally released in September 2015, was prepared by Dr. James Hedlund under contract with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the national association of state and territorial highway safety offices that address behavioral highway-safety issues, including drug-impaired driving. An open forum on drugged driving at… Continue Reading

Bike Commuting Is Preventative Medicine, According to Science

Via Bicycling: “Massive study finds cyclists and other active commuters experience dramatically lower risk of dying—from any cause—than those who drive or take public transit. Just in time for National Bike to Work Week (May 15 to 19 this year), a team of researchers from Glasgow University in Scotland found that people who bike to work… Continue Reading

Motor vehicle fatalities increase as drivers continue phone use

Axios: “…Zendrive studied actual device use among 3.1 million drivers over 5.6 billion miles of driving and found that in 88 percent of trips, drivers made at least some use of their phones. On average, drivers spent 3.5 minutes per hour on their device. Some important context: The number of traffic deaths has been increasing… Continue Reading

New York City Rents By Subway Stop 2017

RentHop: “New York’s MTA subway system is an essential part of many New Yorkers’ lives. With as many as 5.7 million riders each weekday, it truly is the backbone of the city. It should be no surprise then, that it is one of the first things that people consider when looking to rent an apartment. Close… Continue Reading

Commentary – Why Visualizing Open Data Isn’t Enough

Kate Rabinowitz, D.C. Policy Center: “With a new proposed Data Policy, release of high profile datasets on topics like 311 and taxicabs, and Open Government Advisory Group, the D.C. Government looks interested in moving up the ranks of open data cities. This is good news for policymakers, businesses, and citizens. But with open data comes… Continue Reading

Data on DC’s most lucrative speed traps

Technically DC: “D.C. has a lot of speed cameras. But there’s one speed camera in the southbound lane of Kenilworth Avenue that, in 2016, accounted for 10 percent of the total revenue made from D.C.’s speeding and red light cameras. That’s one hardworking camera. This data comes via the Washington Business Journal, which put in a Freedom… Continue Reading

The Four Flavors of Automated License Plate Reader Technology

EFF – “Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) may be the most common mass surveillance technology in use by local law enforcement around the country—but they’re not always used in the same way.  Typically, ALPR systems are comprised of high-speed cameras connected to computers that photograph every license plate that passes. The photo is converted to… Continue Reading


Amalgamated Transit Union 689 – report – March 2017 “…While we never should have reached this embarrassing and dangerous situation, here we are. Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, representing more than 10,000 WMATA employees, is pleased to present this proposal to immediately save, stabilize, and ultimately improve WMATA. Our plan contains specific ideas —… Continue Reading