The demand for mobility and connectivity is increasingly becoming the next frontier in advancing infrastructural aims. An editorial published on The American Statesman on September 3, 2015 by Mr. Mike Heiligenstein argues that the city of Austin will be forced to seek smart tech solutions when cornered with traffic congestion.
According to the author, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) was working to do exactly that, address the city’s traffic woes by adapting tested mobility solutions. CTRMA was established by Travis and Williamson counties in Texas to provide innovative solutions.
The agency has already constructed 183A Toll road in Leander and Cedar Park to boost mobility and economic growth. The other successful project is US 290 Toll road connecting Austin to Manor. Since the construction of the road and nontoll lanes, traffic has increased threefold.
The MoPac lanes Express lanes being built will incorporate innovative technologies that will eliminate congestion and ease the flow of traffic.
The plan to build smart roads in the future will incorporate stringing along fiber lanes along 183A project connecting US 290 to the airport. The technology will enable the roadway to detect a vehicle moving into the wrong path of the exit tramp.
The CTRMA is partnering with other organizations such as Carma and Metropia to attain immediate and long term goals. Metropia is developing mobile traffic apps that integrate CTRM traffic monitoring systems to provide real time alternative routes to commuters.
CTRM is also working with Carma to come up with apps that encourage car pooling in order to ease road congestions. Statistics indicate that the city of Austin creates about 900,000 empty car seats every day.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein is a renowned authority is mobility and highway planning matters. According to a brief published on Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA).
He also serves as a board member of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). Heiligenstein holds a degree in government studies from the University of Texas and a Master’s in Government and MBA from the same university.
He joined CTRM in 2003 and has already overseen the development 183A road toll and implementation of video billing and electronic tolling. According to CTX Mobility Matters, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is currently managing a $1 billion program to expand 183A toll road and Manor Expressway in Austin.
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