Annual Transit Summit to Resolve Williamson County’s Traffic Congestion
On Thursday, 15th of December, 2016, the annual Williamson County Growth Summit was held. A good opportunity was taken at this summit to discuss the weaknesses of the transportation system of the suburban area, Williamson County. The event was held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The panel of experts presents at this significant event comprised of Mike Heiligenstein, Jared Ficklin, Joseph Kopser and Leandre Johns. They discussed how the revolution of technology can bring about a big positive change within the entire world along with the Williamson County sector in Austin, Texas, USA. They attempted to reach a conclusion on how the issue of traffic congestion that proves to be the leading issue for the region, can be resolved.
Focus of the Latest Williamson County Growth Summit
Mike Heiligenstein initiated the discussion in the summit by addressing the need of expanding the transportation capacity for the rapidly growing population of Williamson County. He highlighted that this could be done by modifying the roads within the suburb. He states that the modification or construction of the roads must be done through clever designing. With the innovation of adeptly designed technological devices such as self-driving cars coming into the picture of the American transit system, new modifications are required to accommodate the increasing population while welcoming new technology. He mentions that efficiently designed vehicle parking garages will always be required to save space and serve transport services. Furthermore, Jared Ficklin stated that the structural designs and codes need to be flexible at all times to meet with the technological changes. Therefore, Heiligenstein and Leandre Johns agreed that the mobility of the rising population in Austin needs to be solved first through modifications of the transport routes before adopting the technological changes.
Mike Heiligenstein’s Influential Role within the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was created in 2002 to be a self-governing administration appointed by the government. This government agency was created to oversee the transit system in Williamson and Travis counties. It is mainly assigned to solve transport issues and diminish congestion difficulties so that the citizens residing in the area can have better mobility and an enhanced quality of living. In 2015, Heiligenstein was able to create a partnership between the agency and Metropia to bring to the citizens a smartphone traffic application. The application functions through integration with a traffic monitoring system. Its main purpose is to aid commuters in discovering real-time alternative routes during traffic congestions for their own convenience.
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