It was during the Williamson County Growth Summit that transport experts met to talk about traffic which is the biggest issue facing the Williamson County. The panel included Mike Heiligenstein who is the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Joseph Kosper who is the founder of RideScout LLC, Leandre Johns who is the Texas External Affairs Director at Uber Technologies Inc, and Jared Ficklin who is a product designer focused on transportation and working with ArgoDesigns. The summit took place at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center. The discussion by the panelists centered on the manner in which technology is changing the face of transport in the region of Austin and all over the world.
Mike said that new technologies like ride-sharing apps and driverless vehicles had the potential to change the transportation infrastructure substantially. He added that the region of Austin should invest more in expanding its capacity of transportation, particularly by creating more smart roads. Mike stated that this was the only way to solve the mobility demands of the population that is rapidly growing in Suburbs such as the Williamson County. Mike congratulated Williamson County for the amazing work it had done in the past 15 years of structuring its infrastructure. He added that more people would soon join the county. He suggested that the country should try to build and expand those capacities. Mike added that the remaining corridors would have to be made more efficient and smart.
Ficklin said that the building and land-use codes should stay flexible on the issue about how policymakers should prepare for transport needs of the future. He added that the future parking garage would have multiple levels whereby some levels will have service and charging stations. The CTRMA was created in 2002. It is an independent government agency that improves the system of transportation in Travis and Williamson Counties. Its mission is to implement multi-modal and innovative transport solutions that minimize congestion and improve the quality of life.
Mike Heiligenstein is the CEO of CTRMA. He is involved in the infrastructure development in Central Texas. He has served in the Williamson County for over 23 years as an elected official. Mike is a member of the Advisory Council of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and acts as a member of various Boards of Directors. He has been championing for the development of transport infrastructure in the Williamson County.