The American Statesman suggests that Austin’s traffic congestion will increase. To this end, the community living in the region requires a tech solution to solve the problem.
Heiligenstein thanked the Statesman for highlighting the important issue. He noted that Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) has been channeling their resources toward improving transportation infrastructure in Austin Area.
Over the years, the authority has developed various innovative projects with the objective of reducing traffic congestion. CTRMA developed the 183A Toll road situated at Cedar Park and Leander. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeheiligenstein
They built the U.S. 290 toll road between Manor and Austin. This project tripled the previous road’s capacity while enhancing the nontoll lanes. Mike Heiligenstein noted that CTRMA is a local entity that was formed by the people of Travis and Williamson counties.
The core mission of the Mobility Authority is to innovate. Mike posited that CTRMA was constructing new MoPac Express Lanes, which shall have variable tolling that embraces modern technology to control the traffic flow.
The executive asserted that the new project could not eliminate congestion because its footprint was not big enough. Nevertheless, it will enable people to have a reliable commute.
Supply and demand will be synchronized by the variable tolling rates, thus enhancing the flow of traffic. The authority seeks to ensure that the Express Lane is flowing during rush hour, even when other lanes are moving slowly.
The authority is committed to integrating technology solutions into its future projects with the objective of making the roads smart. CTRMA will embed fiber lines along the 183 South project, which they are building between the airport and US 290.
Mike looks forward for a time when vehicles will start to converse with road infrastructure. The authority collaborated with Metropia to develop a mobile traffic app, which is integrated with its traffic management system to offer commuters with alternate routes in real time.
The Statesman referred to the solutions fronted in the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Heiligenstein noted that the ideas were good because they have been implementing a number of them.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein is a long serving executive director of the CTRMA. He joined the multi-modal transportation agency in 2003. Through Heiligenstein’s leadership, the transportation agency has grown to become a recognized mobility authority in the country.
Through his guidance, the authority was able to build its initial toll road, 183A. In addition, the company has maximized its effectiveness in the transportation sector by using latest technologies such as all electronic tolling and video billing. Previously, Heiligenstein served as the County Commissioner of Williamson.