Mike Heiligenstein is the American Statesman who insists that traffic congestion is going to increase in Austin. This is why our community has to look for a tech solution in order to resolve this issue. He says that multiple resources are required in order to address these traffic woes. This is exactly what the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is doing.
Mike Heiligenstein states that they are aiming at building all kinds of innovative mobility solutions. This may not be a road every time.
He further states that this is not a private company. Rather, it is a local organization. It will be accountable to the people who belong to the Travis and Williamson counties.
According to Biz Journals, Mike Heiligenstein further talks about the mission of his Mobility Authority. They are always focused on innovation. He also talks about the MoPac Express Lanes being built by them. They will have variable tolling. This would require the use of sophisticated technology so that traffic flow can be managed.
He states that all should be ready to face the reality that traffic congestion cannot be eliminates entirely. But the MoPac footprint can help to add some amount of predictability leading to a reliable commute.
These variable tolling rates will help to synchronize supply and demand as the flow of traffic become predictable. They are going to ensure that the Express Lane is always moving even is the other lanes are facing traffic congestion during the rush hour.
Mike Heiligenstein believes in integrating technology solutions in all his future projects. This is why fiber lines will get embedded along the 183 South Project. This is going to be built between US 290 and the Airport.
They have partnered with Metropia in order to create a mobile traffic app. This is going to get integrated with the traffic monitoring system of CTRMA. It will be able to provide real-time information so that alternative routes can be suggested for commuters. They are also working with Carma which is a carpooling app. This is aimed at commuters encouraging them to share their rides.
There is a large percentage of drivers who are driving alone in Austin. This leads to nearly 900,000 empty car seats each day. In case some of these seats can be filled up with carpoolers, there can be a major improvement in traffic congestion.
There are a lot of good ideas. Many of these are being implemented by CTRMA.