In Texas state of the US, Austin city is well-known for having several opportunities as well as some serious problems. The growing traffic issue is the most serious problem of the city, especially in Williamson County. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.facebook.com/MobilityAuthority/
On December 2016, a summit was organized in Austin at the Sheraton Georgetown Hotel to discuss how technology can be used to solve the problem of transportation around the world in general and specifically in Austin. The participants of the summit were transportation experts who recommended an effective and long-term solution to this problem.
The panel of the experts was headed by Mike Heiligenstein who is the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The other experts included Joseph Kopser, Leandre Johns, and Jared Ficklin who works as a transportation designer and suggested that Aerial Gondola system suits Central Texas.
Mike Heiligestein explained how ridesharing apps and driverless cars are going to change the entire infrastructure of the transportation. The City of Austin requires great attention for solving the problem of continuously increasing traffic and issues connected to it.
Transportation capacity can be increased with the help of smart roads which are considered the best option for a city with an ever-growing population.
The problem of the traffic is the most serious in Williamson County. The traffic is expected to grow further in Williamson County as compared to suburbs. Therefore, it is the right time to act for addressing this issue.
All steps were taken by the government previously are not sufficient. The government constructed more roads and increased the capacity of existing roads during last twenty years. However, it is the time to use the latest technology to solve this issue. Ficklin recommended keeping the flexible use of land and old building codes.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was founded by the Texas Government in 2002 to design a network of transportation for the region of the Central Texas using modern technology. Since the formation of the authority, Mike Heiligenstein is serving as its Executive Director.
According to Mobility Authority, Mike Heiligenstein is the man behind many successful projects. The first major project was “183A” which was a cashless and fully electronic toll collection system. The second project was “Manor Expressway” which entered the operational phase recently.
Soon “MoPac Express Lanes” are going to open. Many institutions approach Mike Heiligenstein to take advantage of his knowledge and experience. Mike provides advice to the A&M Transportation Institute in Texas. He also serves as the President of Turnpike, Tunnel, and Bridge International Association.