Every year during the Williamson Growth Summit, the stakeholders meet to discuss the general issues that affect the people of Austin. However, in the 2016’s annual summit, the discussion was different. The principal shareholders met to discuss the traffic issue facing the county. The 19th annual summit was held at the Sheraton Georgetown hotel.
In attendance was Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of CTRMA, Leandre Johns, Texas External Affairs Director of Uber Technologies, Joseph Kosper founder RideScoutt, and Jared Ficklin AgroDesign.
The experts discussed number issues that included:
The role of technology in the transport sector
While noting the significant changes done on technology, Mike commented that a lot has to be done to improve the traffic industry. Yes, the ridesharing apps and the driverless cars have radically improved the traffic. However, the changes will not be able to contain the growing population. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mike-heiligenstein/
Designing smarter and better roads is the only way to cater to the growing population.
According to Leandre, the ridesharing apps like Uber have made the transport system easier. He said that the Company was working with the residents of Williamson to create long-lasting solutions to the people off the public transit.
The growing population
The population in the city is growing rapidly, and soon the roads will not be able to support the people. That is why the need for modern infrastructure is great. Jared commented that the contractors need to utilize space especially when it comes to the parking garages. Parking garages need to be multilevel and five feet tall.
He also said that the building codes need to remain flexible.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, founded in 2002. The agency is an independent government company that was formed offer innovative solutions to the Travis and Williamson Counties. The agency was created under the Texas Transportation Code Chapter 370.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein became the Executive Director of the agency in 2003. He was chosen among three finalists. Mike is one of the seven members of the board.
Mike has served the Williamson County for 23 years as a public official. For 15 years, he served as the Williamson County Commissioner and before that he was the Round City Council member for eight years.
In 2009, Mike became a member of the Texas Transportation Institute Advisory Council.
He holds Bachelor degree and two Master degrees from the University of Texas.