The Williamson County Growth Summit held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas hotel provided an opportunity to identify the needs and challenges in the transportation of suburban communities. The discussion at the conference focused on how exactly the technology can fix the phase of transportation need in the Austin Arena and across the globe.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns and ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin, RideScout LLC founder Joseph Kopser, Uber Technologies Inc., and a transportation-focused product designer included on the panel of discussion and proposed several solutions for Williamson County’s biggest issue – traffic.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenste, while addressing on the ideas of driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps, said “Austin area needs to invest in developing its transportation capacity by considering the rapidly growing suburban population, especially by constructing more and smarter roads.”
Though the concept of driverless cars came up several times in the discussion, Heiligenstein kept calm on the idea and cited he is not almost as optimistic about the autonomous vehicles and highlighted that the adoption rate would be slow in the initial stage, and it’s going to be tedious.
Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw, emphasized on the need of arriving a flexibility in building and land-use-codes while responding to a question on how policy making can bring changes in the transportation requirements of the future.
The panel came up with several other remarkable ideas like requisite for advanced parking garages, roads by considering the advancement of driverless cars, and ridesharing apps in future. Heiligenstein shared his thoughts on switching the prevailing modes of transportation that would reduce the traffic issues and also mentioned the future need for 12 lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 183 and State Highway 290 in Austin.
Mike Heiligenstein is the former Round Rock City Council member and a Williamson County Commissioner. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of CTRMA an independent government transportation agency based in Central Texas; U.S. Heligenstein played a tremendous role in building up CTRMA in developing several capacity transportation projects across U.S. Under his leadership and guidance, CTRMA developed its prestigious project 183A, a completely automated toll road with most modern technologies.
During his tenure as a civic official, Mike has executed capacity building projects such as the expansion of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail, Parkland Acquisitions etc.
Mike served as the chair of Clean Air Force and the Council of Austin-San Antonio. Heiligenstein is regularly invited across America to address various groups and organization about infrastructure including transportation.
Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeheiligenstein