Over the years, Austin has hosted different transit experts. However, their discussions have mostly centered on the city itself. Recently, Williamson County held a growth summit aimed at deliberating on the transportation challenges faced by the resident of the suburban regions.
The discussion panel included renowned personalities such as Mike Heilingstein of the Mobility Authority, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), and Leandre Johns of Uber Technologies. In addition, Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign and Joseph Kopser of RideScout LLC graced the occasion.
Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw was the panel moderator. The event was held at the famous Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The topic of discussion zeroed in on the use of technology to improve transportation in Austin and around the world.
Mike Heilingstein said that innovative technologies such as ride sharing apps and automated vehicles could play a pivotal role in transforming the transportation infrastructure.
He went on to posit that Austin needed to invest in enhancing its transportation capacity, especially developing smarter roads. The executive asserted that the use of technology would be a viable way of serving the mobility demands of the growing population.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heilingstein said that, for the past 15 years, Williamson had played a crucial role of structuring its infrastructure. However, the county expects an influx of people. Mike recommended the county to focus on expanding their capacities by making the corridors more efficient, smarter and technically advanced.
Ficklin explained that there was need for the county’s policymakers to let the land and building codes to remain flexible. He went on to say that, future parking garages would be five feet tall besides having multiple levels. In addition, these facilities would have a service station on one side and charging stations on another.
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About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike is CTRMA’s executive director. For 23 years, the alumnus of the University of Texas has rendered his services to the populace of Williamson County. The public official sits on the advisory board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and other committees dealing with transportation concerns.
CTRMA was established in 2002. Over the years, this agency has zeroed in on improving transportation infrastructures in Williamson and Travis Counties. The mission of CTRMA is to develop innovative transportation solutions that seek to reduce congestion besides enhancing transportation options that improve the economic vitality and quality of life.
The mobility authority’s board of directors has seven members. The Governor is mandated with the duty of appointing the chairman. Each of the two counties appoints three members to the board.