Mike Heiligenstein agrees with the American-Statesman’s argument that Austin will continue to experience traffic congestion. The expert is in agreement with the argument that technology will be critical in solving the problem. He notes that his organization, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), has been using technology in its latest projects.
According to the transit expert, CTRMA works towards building mobility solutions. The agency’s projects such as 183A Toll Road have hugely revolutionized the lives of the communities living in Cedar Park and Leander. CTRMA has also constructed the US 290 toll road between Austin and Manor.
This project has tripled the capacity of the road between the two areas. It has also improved the traffic flow along the non-toll lanes. Heiligenstein is confident that the agency, which was established by the people of Williamson and Travis counties, will live up to the expectation of improving transportation infrastructure in Central Texas.
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Heiligenstein is proud about the agency’s newest project, the New MoPac Express Lanes. The lanes, which are still under construction, will employ loads of sophisticated technology that will allow for the use of a variable tolling system. According to the company, the system will utilize demand and supply synchronization approach. Mike posits that vehicles using the lane will be flowing even when other roads have traffic congestion.
CTRMA is also working towards incorporating baking technology into its future projects. The agency is planning to embed fiber lines on the 183 South project, which connects the US 290 and the airport.
According to Biz Journals, Mike Heiligenstein is confident that in the near future, the roads will be smart. This way, vehicles will be able to “talk” to the existing road infrastructure. The system will allow a roadway to detect when a vehicle is going the wrong way and alert the relevant authorities.
In addition, CTRMA has partnered with different companies to develop innovative apps. Its partnership with Metropia seeks to develop a real-time traffic app. In addition, the agency has collaborated with Carma to promote carpooling in Austin. Mike is optimistic that these strategies will help in reducing traffic congestion in the region.
About Mike Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein is an Austin-based transit expert. He is the executive director of the renowned Mobility authority, CTRMA. Mike has worked in Central Texas for over 30 years.
He has rendered his services as Williamson County Commissioner and a Round Rock City Council Member. Mike is affiliated with the Clean Air Force. The University of Texas graduate also sits on the board of Texas Transportation Institute.