A recently held Williamson County Growth Summit enabled relevant leaders to conform the traffic congestion challenges to the needs of the communities in the Williamson County region. Frequently, most transit discussions are focused on the main city alone. The panel included Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s (CTRMA) Executive Director, Mike Heiligenstein, and the Founder of RideScout LLC., Joseph Kosper. Others in the panel were Leandre Johns of Uber Technologies, ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin and Texas External Affairs Director. As a designer, Ficklin’s primary focus lies on transportation. Interestingly, Ficklin is the mastermind behind he proposed the Central Texas’ aerial gondola system.
The discussion took place at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The central issue was how technology is currently transforming the transit sector in Austin and globally as well. According to Mike Heiligenstein, modern technology is comparable to a driverless vehicle, and it had the potential of radically changing the transportation infrastructure. However, he additionally pointed out that the region should make significant investments directed to expanding it transportation capacity through the construction of extra and smarter roads. Mike noted that the strategy, if followed, would be the most efficient to meet the mobility demands of the increasingly growing population, particularly in the suburbs such as the Williamson County. Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/print-edition/2014/01/10/fifteen-minutes-with-mike.html
Mike Heiligenstein postulated that for over the past 15 years, the Williamson region has remarkably been able to reorganize its infrastructure. However, there is a highly possibility that high numbers of people are likely to settle in Williamson. Mike suggested that apart from building the roads, their capacity should be increased to be accommodative of the forecasted population rise. In addition, Mike added that the region should focus on making the remaining corridors better and smarter, technically advanced as well as more efficient. Ficklin, in response to a moderator’s question on how policymakers can plan ahead of the future transportation needs, flexibility should be maintained in land-use and building codes. The moderator of the affluent panel was the elite Alan McGraw.
At Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Mike Heiligenstein currently serves as the Executive Director. He is an experienced and adept leader of the experts and professional team at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Noticeably, Mike has been offering his able advice and service to the author since its inception in 2002, and he has subsequently gained extensive experience in the transit industry. Mike managed the development of the authority’s initial project in Williamson County, 183A.
The primary mission of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is to implement multi-modal and innovative transit solutions, which are effective in congestion reduction. The solutions are directed towards the creation of transportation choices that not only improve the economic vitality of the region but also foster the quality of life of the residents. The authority is managed by a board of directors, which comprises of seven members.