Transit Experts Meet To Address The Traffic Problem Experienced In Williamson County
During the Williamson County Growth Summit, transit professionals discussed on the various ways of solving the transportation challenges faced by the suburban communities of the region. It was held on Thursday at Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The discussion panel, which was led by Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw, included the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), Mike Heiligenstein. The others were the founder of Ridescout LLC, Joseph Kopser, Texas External Affairs Director of Uber Technologies, Leandre Johns, and transportation product designer behind the idea of an aerial gondola system for Central Austin, Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign. Unlike other Austin Business Journal’s Annual Williamson County Summits that focus on the city itself, the 19th edition focused on how technology is changing the transportation industry in Austin and across the Globe.
Commenting on emerging technologies of autonomous vehicles and ridesharing apps, Mike said that they could transform the transportation infrastructure but the adoption rate would be slow and tedious. He insisted that investing in the growth of Austin’s transportation capacity by building smarter roads and adding more buses would be the surest way to solve the transportation needs of a rapidly growing population. Responding on how policymakers should prepare for the future transportation needs, Ficklin insisted on the need of building and land-use codes to remain flexible. For instance, current building codes cannot accommodate packing garage needs of the future, which will require multiple levels with charging stations and service stations on opposite levels.
He explained that the model would make it easy for people to get to the bus stop. The director pointed out on the need to partner with such ridesharing companies to come up with subsidies that benefit both the rider and the transit agency. This information was originally mentioned on bizjournal.com as outlined in the link below http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2016/12/15/transit-experts-offer-solutions-for-williamson.html
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein has inhibited professional and world-class leadership skills at Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority in Austin, Texas. Since its inception in 2002, the independent government agency has focused on designing a modern regional transportation network for Central Texas. They deliver planned and multi-modal systems of transportation that are designed to meet the diverse mobility needs of the rapid-growing region. Some of their projects include 183A, the first all-electronic, cashless toll collection project, the 290 toll and the ongoing construction of Express Lanes on Mopac (Loop 1). Currently, he is a president at International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.