Even though the American-Statesman currently projected that traffic congestion would increase in Austin, CTRMA is very glad because they are ready to deal with the situation. With previous successes such as 183A Toll Road and U.S. 290 tolls, they are confident that they have a long-lasting remedy.
They have decided to build MoPac Express Lanes, which will use sophisticated technology to help manage traffic flow. The new system is meant to reduce traffic, mostly for commuters using variable tolling rates, which are synchronized according to demand and supply to ensure a predictable flow of traffic. The MoPac Express Lanes will be designed to ensure consistent flow even when other lanes are stuck with traffic.
With a goal to create “smart roads’, they have partnered with many IT firms such as Metropia. Metropia will help them create a mobile traffic app that is integrated with their traffic monitoring system so as to provide real-time alternative routes for commuters.
They have also partnered with Carma, to encourage commuters to share their ride with other commuters. They are also encouraging commuters to walk and pedal.
They have built pedestrian and bicycle paths that tie to the existing lanes and a bike/pedestrian bridge going over MoPac south of Palmer Lane. They are also partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation and the counties and cities of Central Texas to minimize congestion at all costs.
About Mike Heiligenstein and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. With over 23 years’ experience as a Central Texas public official, he has distinguished skills in the infrastructure field. At this position, he helped in providing solutions to waste water, expanding water, and transportation infrastructure. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://plus.google.com/101375497770357564809
He served on the regional MPO; the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. He was also the chairman of Clean Air Force of Texas where he helped in coming with more infrastructure initiatives. He was also a Round Rock City Council member for eight years and a Williamson County Commissioner for 15 years.
Before he joined CTRMA, the agency had neither railways under construction nor revenue. Under his leadership, the agency has a program that will see $4 billion by 2020, and the revenue is expected to rise to $136.5 million by 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Texas with degrees in Government, a Masters of Government and a Masters in Business Administration
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) is a private government-sponsored organization founded in 2002 to improve the condition of the transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties.
Their main aim is to reduce road congestion by implementing innovative, multi-modal transportation solutions. The solutions are meant to reduce congestion and to create transportation choices that enhance the quality of life.