William son’s county growth summit babbled transportation problems that are facing suburban communities living in Austin. The event held in Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The main discussion was on how technology has changed the face of the transport industry in Austin as well as across the globe.
It was noted that driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps technologies could transform the transportation infrastructure, Austin area still needs to invest in the industry as the transport capacity is increasing. Building better roads are one of the ways to cater for the growing population to ensure easy mobility. Over the past 15 years, Williamson has been structuring their infrastructure. The exercise has so far turned out to be great but in need to continue as the population is still growing.
The panel moderator asked on what policymakers need to do to prepare for the future transportation needs of the population. Jared Ficklin, an Afro Design’s director, responded to the question saying that more empathize will be put in building and land use codes needed to remain flexible. Franklin went ahead to explain that when you have automotive vehicles, you still need parking garages and roads. The parking garages in future will be five feet tall which is an inch taller than the car themselves. The parking will have a charging station on one level and a service station on the other level.
About Mike Heiligenstein and Mobility Authority
Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, an independent government agency created in 2002. The agency is responsible for designing a modern, regional transportation network for Central Texas. Since its inception, the agency constructed 183A in Williamson County, opened the 290 toll project and is currently constructing Express lanes on MoPac.
All these projects have been done under the authority of Heiligenstein who was with the agency since its inception. Currently, Mike is currently serving as the President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Additionally, he is on the advisory board of Texas A&M transportation institute. Heiligenstein serves in other institutions as well. The mission of Mobility Authority is to innovate to eradicate congestion all altogether.