The Williamson County Growth Summit was convened with the hope of putting an end to the traffic menace in the expansive Williamson County and the entire Austin area. The convention was held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. Many transit experts attended the event.
They discussed the various ways in which technology could be used to end traffic problems across the globe. The panel included Mike Heiligenstein of the renowned mobility authority known as Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Joseph Kosper of RideScout LLC, Leandre Johns of the world-renowned Uber Technologies, and Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign.
Mike Heiligenstein posited that new technologies such as ridesharing apps and driverless vehicles could be viable in transforming the transportation sector and addressing the transit problems experienced in different cities.
He noted that these technologies would be more effective if the existing transport capacities were expanded. He also said that there was need to build smarter roads.
Heiligenstein praised the various efforts undertaken by the county to improve its transportation system. He noted that in the last 15 years, the county has managed to construct many roads. However, they have not been able to solve the traffic issues considering that the population of the region has been growing at a faster rate.
He argued that more people would continue settling in the county. This is because they are seeking for employment, quality education, and business opportunities. Mike concluded by saying that there was need to develop a strategic plan that will encourage the development of strong infrastructures to support the growing population. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/things-know-about-the-central-texas-regional-mobility-authority/HuPXTyFcN0TaD5rcsPXZqN/
For Ficklin, flexible building and land-use codes are key to solving current and future transit problems. The transit expert pointed out that the existing codes do not allow for the construction of futuristic facilities that would facilitate the use of modern vehicles considering that they are not flexible. He asserted that future garages might have service stations and charging stations. He was responding to a question raised by Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw.
About Mike Heiligenstein
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein is a transit expert based in Austin, Texas. He has been at the helm of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) for many years. This independent agency has been working towards modernizing the transport network in Central Texas.
As the executive director of the mobility authority, Mike has played an instrumental role in planning and designing six expressways in Central Texas. In addition, Heiligenstein serves as the president of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association.