In a Sept 3 Viewpoints editorial, the American-Statesman argued that Austin’s traffic congestion would continue to be a menace in the region. The Statesman noted that the community required a tech solution to address the issue.
Mike Heilgenstein posited that he agrees that they needed adequate resources to be able to solve the traffic problems. He appreciated the Statesman for identifying the important concern. Heiligenstein said that the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) has always focused on developing viable mobility solutions.
Mike posited that their solutions may include the development of a road or other projects. The company is credited for constructing the 183A Toll road in Cedar Park and Leander. This project has improved the livelihood of the communities living in the region.
Additionally, they developed the U.S. 290 toll road linking Austin and Manor, thus tripling the capacity of the former roads. They also improved the nontoll lanes. Heiligenstein remarked that they are not a private company, but a local and responsible agency instituted by the populace of Travis and Williamson counties.
The integral role of the agency is to innovate. The latest MoPac Express Lane that they are constructing will have variable tolling that uses sophisticated technology to assist in enhancing the traffic flow. However, the project is not big enough to do away with the traffic menace completely. Nevertheless, it will offer a reliable commute.
The variable tolling rates will synchronize supply and demand to enable a predictable flow of traffic. In the Express Lane, vehicles will be flowing, even when there is traffic congestion in other lanes. The Mobility Authority is committed to integrating technology into their ongoing and future projects. They seek to make the roads smart.
The Statesman was elated by the solutions put forth in the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. According to Mike Heiligenstein, the agency is planning to implement different recommendations outlined in the report. The Authority collaborated with Metropia to institute a mobile traffic app, which is integrated with their traffic controlling system to offer commuters with real time alternative routes.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein works for the CTRMA as the executive director. The executive has been working for the multi-modal transportation agency since 2003. Heilgenstein has overseen the expansion of the organization from a small agency into a national leader in providing mobility solutions. He is an advocate for pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
Mike has endeavored to offer such infrastructure to the populace of Travis and Williamson counties. Under his leadership, the organization has enhanced its efficiency by implementing modern technologies, including electronic tolling and video billing.