Traffic congestion in Austin is increasing at an alarming rate. The traffic congestion menace is affecting not only Austin but many other states in the United States, and a solution is required to handle the woes. In September 3rd, Viewpoints editorial, the American-Statesman recognized the need to come up with a tech solution to curb the traffic congestion problem. The Statesman argued that multiple resources are required to address the issue, and that is why Texas Regional Mobility Authority focuses on that issue.
Mobility solutions offered by the Statesman
The Statesman gives a report stating suggestions on how the traffic congestion can be reduced. In that report, Statesman recommends residents to walk and pedal to reduce traffic congestion. The report also suggests the building of shared use paths, which offer dedicated pedestrian and bicycle paths tied to existing trails. Statesman also suggests construction of pedestrian or a bike bridge going up over MoPac, south of Parmer Lane.
Statesman also touches on another major problem in Austin community, which is congestion caused by constant stopping and starting of drivers on busy roadways. Minor breakdowns usually cause the congestion. Drivers should move again or off the road quickly to improve on congestion. The Mobility Authority gets support from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to implement its programs. The highway emergency response program offers free help to motorists with minor problems before they become major traffic nightmares. The Mobility Authority has implemented most of these solutions suggested by the Statesman. The authority partners with Texas Department of Transportation, stakeholders, and counties and cities of Central Texas to beat traffic jams.
About Mike Heiligenstein and CTRMA
Mike is the executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). Mike joined the Authority in 2003. The Authority has grown from a startup transportation agency to a recognized leader in road operations nationally. Mike has been the steering wheel of this growth. Mike Heiligenstein has worked as a public official for 30 years in various organizations such as a Williamson County Commissioner and a Round Rock City Council Member. As a public official, Mike focused on infrastructure projects. Mike was a founder of Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council and Envision Central Texas Project.
The Mobility Authority has made several achievements under the leadership of Mike. One of such developments is the development of the first ever toll road 183A and maximizing the road’s efficiency by making use of cutting edge technology like all-electronic tolling and video billing. Heiligenstein is called upon in Texas and nationally to speak to groups concerning infrastructure, particularly transportation.