Williamson County’s biggest problem is traffic and this is a known fact. This is the reason why the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was established in the first place. The body has been trying to get solutions to solve the traffic issues in the area. In a conference that was held in the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center, the body members decided that the traffic problem in the area went beyond Austin City and it was time that they looked for solutions in the greater Central Texas area.
The meeting included CTRMA’s Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, Uber Technologies Inc’s Joseph Kopser, Leandre Johns who is the Directors of Texas External Affairs and Jared Ficklin from ArgoDesigns. Their main agenda of the day was to discuss what technology was doing for transportation in the area and how they could take advantage of it and reduce traffic in the area.
During the meeting, the Executive Director of CTRMA cited that technologies such as driverless cars had done a lot to reduce traffic. However, these didn’t solve the problem to its entirety. They noted that more and more people continued to come into the area. They would need a long term solution and that would be building of better and smarter roads. Building more roads would increase the capacity of the roads. But in the meantime there is something that they could do with the roads that they already have. If the roads are advanced technologically, there is no saying that they could not carry a larger capacity.
CTRMA is an independent body that was founded 14 years ago. The main goal of this government agency would be to look into the transportation issues in Central Texas, particularly Travis and Williamson Counties. It then would come up with solutions to make the transportation systems in the area are more effective. This body is a run by a board of directors that has seven members.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein is the chairperson of CTRMA. He was appointed by the governor, in the year 2003, to lead the team. Before joining the body, he had over 3 decades of experience as a public official. 23 years of those years were in Williamson County where he advocated for quality of water, waste water and the improvement of transportation in the area.