In a recent report dated September 15, 2015, Mike Heiligenstein and other experts in the Central Texas regional transportation industry discussed the MoPac project being one of the many mobility solutions among other situations relating to traffic. A few weeks prior to the American-Statesman argued that Austin’s traffic congestion will increase. The American-Statesman also stated that a tech solution is needed for this problem, and there is a need for residents to be encouraged to pedal and walk.
In response to these concerns, mobility solutions are continually being built. Even though there are still unanswered solutions, there are and have been some solutions so far. For one, the 183A Toll road was built in Leander and Cedar Park which led to exponential growth. The U.S. 290 toll road was built between Austin and Manor which allows triple capacity of the road. And now, the new MoPac Express Lanes are being built to institute tolling used in sophisticated technology to assist in managing traffic flow.
When it comes to encouraging residents to pedal and walk, the mobility authority along with the support of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization uses the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) program that offers free roadside assistance to assist motorists with minor issues that frequently become major traffic problems. Other solutions the mobility authority have so far include the embedding of fiber lines along the 183 South project between the airport and the US, working with Metropia to make a mobile trafficking app that provides real time alternative routing commutes, and working with Carma which is a carpooling app to inspire commuters to share rides.
About Mike Heiligenstein and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Mike Heiligenstein, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s executive director, is a board member of the International Bridge, Texas Transportation, and the Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Additionally, he earned a masters of business administration and a masters in government from the University of Texas.