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CTRMA Steering Towards Increased Mobility for Citizens with the Contribution from Mike Heiligenstein

An article published on Thursday, 15th December of the year, 2016 through bizjournals.com by Michael Theis discussed the annual 2016 Williamson County Growth Summit. This summit was held to clarify the transport route issues and take possible preventives against the suburban area of Williamson County. 2016’s annual summit took place at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. Some of the renowned politicians and corporate figures within the transport industry were present in the summit.

Some of the key members of the summit, Mike Heiligenstein, Jared Ficklin, Joseph Kopser and Leandre Johns reviewed the revolutionary role technology can play. Ficklin, an esteemed designer from ArgoDesign who is partially specialized in transport, suggested aerial gondola system ease the congestion within the Williamson County of Texas. Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, supported this idea and added the requirement for engaging further technology like autonomous vehicles and rideshare or traffic information smartphone applications. However, the role of technology should be implemented much later. He stated that the cause of this issue must be solved at first. The main cause for this issue is the large migration of people within the county. With a growing population, he suggested in expanding the county’s capacity to accommodate easy-going movements through the existing transport routes. He mentioned the necessity to expand these routes through constructions. The constructions must incorporate clever, innovative designs to efficiently utilize the current spaces. Ficklin made further suggestions of issuing structural codes to expand infrastructures easily to a growing capacity of people. Lastly, Johns from the Uber Company recommended introducing subsidies for riders and transit enterprises in order to create effortless transport solutions perhaps through more available rideshares.

Mike Heiligenstein’s Position within the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Mike Heiligenstein fulfills all the essential responsibilities associated with being the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is a self-governing administration controlled majorly by the government. It was established in 2002 after noticing the rapid growth in population within Central Texas that appears to be resulting in frequent congestions and weakened mobility for the region’s inhabitants. The Williamson and Travis counties are the major problematic areas in focus Heiligenstein and the CTRMA. CTRMA with the contribution of Mike Heiligenstein was able to successfully tackle the issues of congestion and overcrowded transit systems within Central Texas. Under the leadership of Heiligenstein, CTRMA arranged electronic cash-free toll systems, expressways and smartphone traffic report applications.

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