This report is designed to describe the theoretical concepts behind the Brokerage Project and to describe the institutional problems involved in implementing the concepts. The Knoxville Brokerage Project, which evolved over a five-year period, was not the promotion of a single transportation mode, but the promotion of a philosophy and approach to coordinate various forms of transportation to meet the many diverse needs of urban and rural areas. The purpose of the broker is to locate areas of surplus (willing suppliers/sellers) and areas of needs (willing buyers/consumers), to resolve insitutional barriers (contracts, financing, transportation, etc.) and to consummate sale. This report, one of a series of reports, discusses the evolution of the brokerage concept; it describes pre-project experiences, project activities, and some planned activities. Topics discussed herein are: the availability of alternative suppliers; the transportation markets; insitutional barriers; and an overview of the accomplishments and conclusions reached during the first 19 months of the project. The authors state three reasons why the brokerage approach works, namely: it is easy to find a solution to individual transportation needs given the full resources of the community; the brokerage approach would not be possible if people were not creatures of habit; and the brokerage approach is possible because of the development of new technology. This report provides a list of references and the following appendixes: Origins of the Brokerage Concepts; Knoxville Taxicab Ordinance; Test Market Legislation; and Citizen Transportation Areas Legislation. /UMTA/

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. Other reports of this project are: "Volume II: Operations and Management," PB-282248; "Volume III: An Eighteen-Month Evaluation," UMTA-TN-06-0006-78-3; and "Interim Report," PB-270103.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    203 Administration Building
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37996-0700
  • Authors:
    • Davis Jr, F W
    • Beeson, J D
    • Wegmann, F J
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 115 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193617
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • ISBN: TN-06-0006
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-TN-06-0006-78-3Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1981 12:00AM