Some of the discussion agendas in Austin Texas were majorly based on how to improve the city. Last year, the Williamson County Growth Summit convened the right conference table where transportation challenges and how to improve the region’s suburban communities were discussed.
The discussion forum was headed by Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Other important dignitaries who attended the conference include Leandre Johns of Texas External Affairs, Joseph Kopser of RideScout LLC, Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign and Uber Technologies Inc.
During the forum, it was proposed that an aerial gondola transport system is built around in the Central Austin area. The hearing was held at the Texas Sheraton Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center. The main agenda of the conference was to deliberate on what type of technology was efficient to transform the Austin region quickly.
Accoriding to Biz Journals, during the event, Mike Heiligenstein noted that new technologies like ridesharing apps and driverless vehicles could totally change transportation infrastructure. He, however, said that Austin area needed the type of investment that would facilitate the capacity of traffic, especially through building smarter roads. He claimed that building a new state of the art roads was the only solution for the rapidly growing population and mobility demands of the Williamson County suburbs.
About Texas Regional Mobility Authority Director Mike Heiligenstein
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is the independent government agency established to improve Travis and Williamson county transport system. The objective of the company is to implement multi-modal and innovative transport solutions that create transportation alternatives and reduce traffic congestion.
The company was established to operate under the jurisdiction of the 370 Texas Transportation Code Chapters and has the power to implement various transportation systems like transit, airports, roadways and seaports services.Mike has been with the agency since its establishment and has led to the completion of projects like the 183A Williamson County project.
183A was the first ever country project to transform transportation in Williamson to cashless toll and all-electronic collection. The agency has also dealt with projects like the MoPac Express Lanes construction, as well as the Manor Expressway on 290 Toll. Mobility Authority has also partnered with other regional transportation entities to determine additionally designed expressways in Central Texas.
Mike also serves as the president of Turnpike and Tunnel Association as well as the International Bridge. He has also served as the Advisory Board director of the A&M Texas Transportation Institute.