Traffic is a menace many different cities, but it seems that this is going to be a thing of the past in Williamson. In a summit that was held at Sheraton Georgetown Texas hotel, the stakeholders discussed the various ways on how the traffic situation in Austin could be improved.
In attendance were; Mike Heiligenstein the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Joseph Kosper founder of the RideScout LLC, Leandre Johns the Uber Technologies Texas External Affairs Director and Jared Ficklin of the ArgoDesigns.
The main agenda of the summit was to discuss how technology was changing the traffic sector. In his opinion, Mike noted that even though the new technology was improving the transport department, there was still a lot of improvement that needs to be done on the roads. There is a need to build smarter roads that can cater to the capacity of the town.
The town is expanding, and more people are settling in town and the technology in is not enough to sustain the population of the people. In his opinion on the matter of policymakers, Jared said that the land and the building codes need to remain flexible. He continued to explain the importance of maximizing on the spaces available. The parking garages need to be at least five feet tall and should have multiple levels.
While the discussing the impact of technology on traffic, John emphasized that the commuters in Austin need lasting solutions that will get them on the public transit. He stated that Uber would work with the people to find suitable solutions.
This was the 19th annual Austin Williamson County Summit.
About Mile Heiligestein
Mike is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. This is an independent government agency that was created in 2003 to improve the transport sector in Williamson and Travis. He has held the position since it was formed. He was selected from the three finalists.
Before he was elected to this position, he was a public officer at Williamson for 23 years; 8 years as the Round Rock city council and 15 years as the Williamson, county commissioner.
In 2009, he was named as the advisory council for the Texas Transportation Institute. He earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Texas and also did his two master degrees from the same university.
SWball February 7, 2017
Posted In: Transportation News