The transportation brokerage approach has as its basic objective to identify and match transportation demand/supply on an individual basis. The broker acts to publicize the benefits of ridesharing through the media by experimenting with vans or negotiating special services with local transit operators. The objective of this report is to document the results of the Knoxville Transportation Brokerage Service (KTBS) project while operated by the University of Tennessee Transportation Center (January 1976-June 1977). This evaluation is restricted to an analysis of KTBS's commuter arm--the Knoxville Commuter Pool (KCP), and the major focus of the KCP effort revolves about vans rather than carpool formations. Highlighted herein is the fact that this demonstration introduced a new mode of commuter transportation--vanpooling. Currently, 47 KCP vans are operating daily serving over 450 commuters working at 12 different firms. With 36 percent of the vanpoolers having formerly driven alone, the broker has served to eliminate 10,056 daily miles of travel. The demonstration's contribution extended beyond the successful deployment of seed vans and the removal of institutional barriers restricting the legal operation of commuter vans in Tennesses. The project demonstrated the ability to survey commuter needs and to match them to the avilable supply of transportation on a community-wide basis. Over the 18-month project, 234 firms were surveyed and over 18,000 match lists distributed. The project achieved an increased level of rideshare awareness in the community with 67 percent of the general population recognizing the name of the project and 41 percent knowing how to contact KCP. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. Other reports of this project are: "Volume I: Philosophy and Institutional Issues," UMTA-TN-06-0006-78-3; "Volume II: Opeations and Management," PB-282248; and "Interim Report," PB-270103.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Southeastern Transportation Center

    University of Tennessee
    309 Conference Center Building
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37996-4133
  • Authors:
    • Wegmann, F J
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 144 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-TN-06-0006-78-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1981 12:00AM