When discussing transit in Austin, the talks usually center on transport in the city. However, the Williamson County Growth Summit held on Thursday presented a chance to talk about transport issues affecting the area’s suburban people.
The discussion panel featured Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Joseph Kopser, the RideScout LLC founder, Leandre Johns from Uber Technologies Inc, and Jared Ficklin from Argo Design. The forum which was hosted at Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center focused on the way technology was changing transportation in Austin and all over the world.
The Positions of Leaders at the Williamson County Growth Summit
Heiligenstein was quick to acknowledge the effect of modern technology, like ride sharing applications and driverless vehicles, on transforming transport infrastructure.
He; however, reiterated the need for Austin to build more roads, particularly smart roads, to accommodate the growing demand in new forms of transportation. Mike Heiligenstein observed that in the coming days, it will be necessary to make the corridors smarter, more efficient, and technologically advanced
Ficklin, in response to the question of how to prepare for the future demands of transportation, stated that land and building codes needed to be flexible.
He noted that roads and parking lots could not be downplayed even with the introduction of autonomous vehicles. He remarked that future parking lots would have parking lots that were one inch taller than the vehicles. Furthermore, the parking areas would consist of multiple levels with a charging station and service station on separate levels.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein serves as Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s executive director. CTRM was formed in 2002 with the aim of designing a state of the art transportation network for the Central Texas area. The projects that Mobility Authority embarks in are carefully lbeen with Mobility Authority beginning with its inception.
He was in charge of the team that was involved in the 183A project, one of the first initiatives in Williamson County aimed at transforming the transport network into an electronic toll and cashless collection system. Mobility Authority is currently completed the 290 Toll program and is now focused on Express Lanes.
Mike is also in charge of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association. He also works on the advisory board of Texas A &M Transportation Institute. Before joining Mobility Authority, Mike was a public statesman concerned with attending to the issues affecting Williamson residents.
Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/heiligenstein-mopac-project-one-many-mobility-solutions/xMGCtppQvuEzYlFe8FuhSK/