The Face of Transportation in Williamson County

The 19th annual Williamson Growth Summit came as an excellent opportunity for transport experts to offer their solutions on traffic. This is a huge issue in Williamson County. The experts also offered their insights on how technology had played a role in changing the face of transportation in the area of Austin.

Mike Heiligenstein who is the executive director serving at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), Jared Ficklin who is a product designer working with ArgoDesigns, Leandre Johns who is the external affairs director at the Uber Technologies Inc, and Joseph Kosper who is the founder of RideScout LLC were present in the discussion of the panel.

The Growth Summit took place at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The executive director of CTRMA stated that there was a possibility that innovative technologies such as ride-sharing applications and driverless vehicles could change the face of transportation.

He added that the region of Austin still required putting more efforts in expanding the capacity of transportation by constructing additional and smarter roads. Mike said that this is the only method of serving the mobility demands of a population that is growing very fast. The biggest part of its growth is the suburbs such as Williamson County.

According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein applauded the Williamson County for the outstanding job of structuring the roads that it had done in the last fifteen years. He also added that more people would come in and those capacities needed to be expanded. Mr. Ficklin put an emphasis on the necessity of land-use and building codes to stay flexible.

He gave a picture of how the parking garages and roads of the future would resemble. Ficklin stated that the parking garage would comprise of many levels that would be five feet tall. Mike Heiligenstein said that the county needed to improve their road capacity before the county could adopt the idea of autonomous vehicles.

Mike Heiligenstein works with the CTRMA where he serves as the executive director. He has served as an elected official to the people of Williamson County for more than 23 years. Mike was appointed to be the president of the International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association.

Mike attended the University of Texas where he earned his Master’s degree in Government and Business Administration. CTRMA is an independent government agency that became operational in 2002. The mission of the organization is to enhance the system of transportation in Travis and Williamson Counties.

Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/ttf2009/People/MikeHeiligenstein.htm

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