Traffic jams can be a real pain in the you know where. The residents of Central Texas can really feel where I’m coming. They have been a thorn in the side to citizens for a long time. Even worse, the congestion is actually expected to increase in the near future. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://communityimpact.com/austin/news/2013/07/15/mike-heiligenstein/
Many Austin residents have voiced their opinions about the need for new mobility solutions, since the old ones are obviously ineffective. For the most part their complaints fell on deaf ears, until Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Mike Heiligenstein, stepped in and became the voice of the community. Heiligenstein pushed hard for changes to be made.
Finally, the American-Statesman began taking notice and agreed that the community was in need of more modern mobility solutions. The statesman also promised to provide the necessary resources to fund tech solutions that’ll properly address the traffic woes. From there it was up to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority to come up with the right mobility solutions.
Coming up with a successful mobility solution is harder than you’d think. Firstly, you have to figure out the main points of contention. Sometimes it’s a road, sometimes not. Once you figure that out you then are left with the difficult task of developing a plan to effectively diminish the problem.
In this particular instance it was decided by the Mobility Authority that the roads were mostly to blame. It came up with many solutions, but the most promising and innovative was the Mopac Express Lanes. Currently under construction, the Mopac project will implement variable tolling that uses sophisticated technology to help manage traffic flow. While Mopac is not the end all solution to traffic jams in Central Texas, it is a step toward that direction.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). He has dedicated his professional career to the development of Central Texas infrastructure.
He accepted the position in 2003 after the agency’s Board he would be a good choice to lead the agency. According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein is also a public speaker. He is called to speak to crowds about infrastructure and mobility solutions both nationally and locally.