According to the American-Statesman, traffic congestion will only increase in the Austin area and their community needs a solution in order to solve it. Luckily, that’s exactly what the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority does. They find solutions to traffic problems.
They are responsible for building the 183A Toll road in Cedar Park and Leander and they have built the U.S. 290 toll road between Austin and Manor which actually helped to triple the capacity of the road it replaced while improving the nontoll roads. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is a local and accountable agency that has been established by the people of the Williamson and Travis counties.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is all about innovation and the new MoPac Express that they have been working on utilizing technology in order to manage the flow of traffic. Congestion cannot be eliminated entirely but it can be managed and improved. Variable tolling rates help to synchronize the supply and demand of traffic flow and wherever possible, Mobility Authority tries to incorporate technology into their solutions because they are effective.
Mobility Authority has partnered with Metropia in order to create a mobile traffic app that can be integrated with their traffic monitoring system. This will make it possible to provide real-time alternative routes for the benefit of commuters. They are also working on a carpooling app that will encourage commuters to share their rides. Currently there are about 900,000 empty seats in vehicles commuting a day in Austin alone. Just filling even some of those seats can greatly improve the congestion problem.
Whenever possible, Mobility Authority builds Shared Use Paths along their projects in order to encourage residents to walk and cycle more. They have already built dedicated pedestrian and cyclist paths that tie into existing trails such as the one along Williamson County along 183A. There is also a bike and pedestrian path going up over the MoPac south of Parmer Lane.
Mike Heiligenstein is Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and has served them since 2003. During his 30 years of working in the industry, he has been very focused on infrastructure projects, including many transportation projects, and parkland development.
Mike Heiligenstein has overseen the growth of the company and has had his hand in the development of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. He is still very passionate about what he does.
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