It is a known fact that traffic is a menace to the development in most places, especially in Williamson County. However, with the just concluded Williamson County Summit, things will begin to change for the better. The Summit addressed many different issues among them traffic problems.
Those in attendance were; Mike Heiligenstein, Executive Director of CTRMA, Joseph Kopser, founder of RideScout LLC, Leandre Johns, the Uber Technologies External Affairs Director in Texas and Jared Ficklin of the AgroDesign’s. The meeting was held in the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss the role technology was playing in the transport sector of the Austin region.
However, he stated that the building of smarter roads was required if the Austin region was to see any significant progress in traffic. Yes, Williamson County has developed a lot over the last couple of years, but the development will not be able to sustain the growth of the population.
Driverless cars are a great improvement, but that does not override the importance of having better and improved roads. The population is growing, and the roads need to be able to support the people.
It was discussed and agreed upon that the people needed mile solutions and Uber Technologies were the perfect partner. Johns stated that they could work with the people to create subsidies that will help both the rider and the agency.
Ficklin emphasized that the land use and building needed to remain flexible. For instance, when it comes to the garage, they will need to be five feet tall. They will also be multilevel garages where charging station and the service station will be included.
About Mike Heiligenstein and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Mike, as mentioned above, is the executive director of CTRMA. This is an independent agency that was created in 2002 with the mandate of designing a regional transport network for Central Texas.
Mike has worked with the agency since 2002 and he oversaw the execution of the first project to be carried by the company. The agency has carried on different projects the most recent one being the 290 toll project and the construction of the express lanes. The agency is also collaborating with other regional transport agencies so as to study other planned expressways in central Texas.
In addition to him being the executive director, he is the president of international bridge association. He has served in different committees and boards including the Texas A&M transportation institute.