Recently, transit experts came together to solve traffic problems in Williamson County. They discussed and provided solutions on traffic matters at an evident organized by Williamson County Growth Summit. The event was held at the county’s Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The event also provided the county with a unique opportunity to provide solutions that could result in improvement of traffic in Austin.
Present at the event were invited experts from various transport sector and industries. Some of the experts included Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility, Joseph Kopser, RiseScout’s Founder, and Leandre Johns, director of Texas External Affairs. Jared Ficklin of Argo Design also attended the summit. The discussion centered on how technology could be used to eliminate the existing challenges facing the transportation sector both in Austin and across the globe.
In his contribution, Heiligenstein elaborated on the potential of using ridesharing apps and embracing driverless vehicles as they have the potential to transform the transportation infrastructure. These technologies reduce the number of cars on the road while also eliminating mistakes that come with human errors. Moreover, he believes that smart roads could provide an additional solution to the problems. Mike hopes that the region would ensure that all their new highways incorporate modern technologies.
Heiligenstein also praised Williamson County for its efforts in improving the infrastructure. The transit expert noted that the county had been involved in several projects in the last 15 years. However, the benefits of these investments have not been visible due to the rapidly growing population of the region. Like other metropolitan, Williamson County receives thousands of new residents every year. This situation puts lots of pressure on the county’s infrastructure. The population problem is also affecting other regions in Austin City. This information was originally published on Biz Journal as outlined in this link http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2016/12/15/transit-experts-offer-solutions-for-williamson.html
Flexible land-use and building codes were also proposed at the summit. According to Ficklin, flexible regulations would allow the city to modify land use and buildings to satisfy the region’s needs. He went on to assert that expansion of roads and buildings of other transport infrastructure would require residential areas to be used. Construction of optimized parking areas and garages for the future cars will need flexible building codes.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein is an Austin-based transit expert. His experience in the sector has seen him provide transformative leadership for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority since 2002. Heiligenstein has helped the agency to develop transport systems that will address the needs of the region. He is working with other institutions to study and design the proposed six highways in the area. Mike is also a board member of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.