Transit experts recently converged at the Williamson County Growth Summit to discuss issues related to the county’s transportation infrastructure. The main topic discussed by the panel of experts Technology and how it would affect transportation. The group included the Executive Director of CTRMA by the name Mike Heiligenstein, Joseph Kopser, Jared Ficklin, and Leandre Johns who worked for Uber in its external affairs department in Texas.
Heiligenstein emphasized the need to construct smarter roads that would leverage technology and provide a better experience for motorists. The area would also need more roads to cater to the rising population in the area. Jared Ficklin is a product designer. He brought to the attention of the people present the need to reform building codes to cater for parking spaces that would be used by the driverless cars.
Heiligenstein was a public official who served the people of Williamson County for more than 20 years. Heiligenstein has been at CTRMA since it was started. Mike Heiligenstein also acts as the President of the International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). Mike is a member of the advisory board of the Transportation Institute at Texas A&M. CTRMA has undertaken some projects and has delivered on them under Heiligenstein’s leadership. He has ensured that the people’s problems are solved. CTRMA builds mobility solutions. It has developed some tolling roads in various areas.
CTRMA has collaborated with Carma. Carma is a carpooling app that increases the number of people who share rides in the area. There are close to a million empty seats each day according to statistics and this a high number by any standards. This figure will have to decrease if the city is to experience any decongestion. The Urban Mobility Scorecard by the transportation institute at Texas A&M advised that people should try to walk and cycle more often. CTRMA considered this when they were building 183A which has dedicated paths for cyclists and pedestrians. It has put up Shared Use Paths along their projects where possible. CTRMA observed that congestion along the roads was caused by vehicles that broke down and so it would obstruct other motorists. The organization in conjunction with the Metropolitan Planning Organization provides free roadside assistance to vehicles with minor problems.