A panel including the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), Mike Heiligenstein suggested options address the growing challenges of Williamson County.
Mike pointed out that the County has to invest further to address the growing demand and should especially focus on building smarter roads. He further said that considering rapid growth of Williamson County and its suburbs, there couldn’t have any other solution.
“The county has done an amazing job in developing the infrastructure for the past 15 years, but, still more people are coming here,” Mike said. “Try to build the roads, try building capacities and take to the point of corridors remaining. We need to make this smarter, efficient, and technologically advanced.” The panel comprised Joseph Kopser from RideScout LLC, Leandre Johns, the Texas External Affairs Director, and Jared Ficklin from ArgoDesign.
The panel discussed various challenges that displayed in managing the transit not only just in Williamson County or Austin but across the world. They focused on the fact that technological advancements can bring down the complexities of managing the traffic and presented various solutions.
During the discussion, Ficklin pointed out the need of flexible building and land-use codes from the policymakers to ensure technological solutions. “Even when there are autonomous vehicles, you need to have roads and parking garages,” Ficklin said. He said the future garages would be of five feet tall with multiple levels where charging stations at one level and servicing at another level. This doesn’t fit into any of the current building codes.
Mike is leading CTRMA from its inception in 2002. The agency created to design and execute a modern and technologically advanced regional transportation network in and around Central Texas.
Mike Heiligenstein supervised the first project of the agency called 183A for Williamson County. Interestingly, the project was one of the first in facilitating cashless toll collection with an all-electronic option. Under Mike, the agency is currently working on six planned expressways through Central Texas by collaborating with regional transit agencies.
Mike is also present in various transporting advisory boards by giving valuable inputs for developing strategies and providing expert advice. He leads International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association as its President.
According to BizJournals, Mike Heiligenstein also serves on the advisory board of a number of committees and Texas A&M Transportation Institute. He is also collaborating with various groups that are working on transportation issues and solutions. Mike is regularly invited to many panels of discussion related to transportation challenges across Texas to give valuable solutions.