Mike Heiligenstein acknowledges the increase in traffic congestion within Austin as well as the need to come up with tech solutions to this menace. He was happy that the Statesman recognized this important issue. He further acknowledged that finding these solutions was the goal of everyone at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Heiligenstein also added that the mission of CTRMA was building mobility solutions like roads and other options. He gave examples of the 183A Tool Road in Leander and Cedar Park, which brought exponential growth to the areas. He also mentioned the U.S. 290 toll road linking Austin and Manor, which tripled the previous road’s capacity.
Mobility Authority’s Mission
As a local and liable agency established by the citizens of Travis and Williamson counties, its mission has always being to innovate new solutions. Mike Heiligeinstein elaborated more on the MoPac Express lanes that are currently being constructed by the Mobility Authority. The express lanes will use sophisticated technology to control traffic flow.
He acknowledged the fact that it is not really possible to eradicate traffic congestion completely as the MoPac footprint is not large enough to accomplish that goal. However, persons who must get to an important interview or concert fast will get a reliable commute via this project.
The changeable tolling rates will help in synchronizing supply and demand thereby ensuring a conventional traffic flow. The Mobility Authority seeks to ensure that the Express Lane will be moving fast despite the fact that other lanes will be crawling during the rush hour.
Traffic De-Congestion Ideas
Crunchbase revealed that CTRMA is dedicated to developing technology solutions that will make its future projects become “smart roads”. There are plans to embed Fiber lines alongside the 183 South project under construction linking US 290 to the airport. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://plus.google.com/101375497770357564809
The Mobility Authority has also combined with Metropia in creating a mobile app that is integrated with the traffic monitoring system to offer alternative routes to commuters. It has also worked with Carma, an effective carpooling app, in a bid to encourage commuters to share their rides. The Authority views carpooling as a very effective way of decongesting Austin.
About CTRMA and Mike Heiligenstein
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority refers to an autonomous government agency that was established in 2002 to help in improving the transportation system in Travis and Williamson counties.
Its mission is to come up with solutions that help in easing congestion as well as creating transportation options that enhance economic vigor and quality of life. Mike Heiligenstein is the executive director of CTRMA. He is a University of Texas graduate with degrees in Government, Masters in Government and an MBA.