Recently, the American-Statesman posited that the traffic problem in Austin would continue to increase. Mike Heiligenstein said that the community needed to solve the menace using tech solution. He asserted that the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) was using multiple resources to address the traffic concern in the region.
The executive posited that CTRMA played a pivotal role in building the 183A Toll road in Cedar Park and Leander. This project has been of great help to communities living around these regions. He went on to say that, the mobility authority was heavily involved in constructing the U.S. 290 toll road between Manor and Austin.
It tripled the road capacity and enhanced previous nontoll lanes. Mike said that CTRMA is not a private entity, but a local agency that was established by the people of Williamson and Travis counties.
Mike reiterated that the mission of CTRMA is to innovate. The entity is building new MoPac Express Lanes that will have variable tolling, which use sophisticated technology, to enhance the management of traffic flow. In addition, the variable tolling rates will aid in synchronizing demand and supply to ensure that there is predictable traffic flow. Mike was alive to the fact that they cannot be in a position to eliminate the problem of congestion.
He contended that MoPac footprint was not a huge project, but it would facilitate people to have a reliable commute. The authority’s objective is to have a flowing traffic on the Express Lane. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mike-heiligenstein/
In a move to make the roads smarter, CTRMA is planning to embed fiber lines along the 183 project that is being built between the airport and US 290. Mike is looking forward to the day when vehicles will be in a position to communicate with the road infrastructure.
The authority has a mobile traffic app that provides commuters with real-time alternative routes. Notably, the app is integrated with the organization’s traffic monitoring system.
Besides partnering with Metropia to develop the traffic app, the authority is working closely with Carma to create a carpooling app that will enable commuters to share their ride.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike is the executive director of CTRMA. For over three decades, he was a dedicated public official. He served as a council member of the Round Rock City before being appointed to work as the Commissioner of Williamson County.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein has been called to different conferences to speak about various topics, particularly transportation infrastructure. He is known for his innovative regional approaches to finding solutions to existing problems.