Traffic congestion will only increase in the Austin area and they need a technological solution in order to solve it. Luckily, that is exactly what the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority dose and they work hard to reduce traffic congestion and to find solutions that work effectively.
They are responsible for building the 183A Toll which has helped to transform the surrounding communities. They have also built the U.S. 290 toll road which has tripled the previous capacity of the previous road while improving the nontoll lanes that were once there.
The Mobility Authority is working on building the MoPac Express Lanes to help manage traffic flow and they are working hard to reduce traffic congestion. The MoPac Express will have variable tolling and it will also utilize sophisticated technology to help keep up with the needs of traffic flow. They are working on making the Express Lane faster even when the other lanes are crawling.
Whenever there is the opportunity Mobility Authority integrates technology in order to create roads that are “smarter” in hopes that one day they will be able to communicate with their infrastructures.
Mobility Authority has partnered with Metropia to create a mobile app that can monitor traffic. They have also teamed up with Carma in order to help promote carpooling. An astounding 900,000 empty car seats are on the road daily.
Mobility Authority tires to create Shared Use Paths whenever possible in order to encourage residents to walk or bike to their destinations and thus free up the roads more to reduce congestion. Mobility Authority doesn’t have the ability to completely get rid of traffic congestion, but they have the skills to reduce it and improve the driving conditions for all who share the road.
Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and has served the Mobility Authority since 2003. He has overseen its a growth for many tears and it is now a nationally recognized leader in the toll road industry.
During his years ta the company, he has seen it develop its very first toll road and has helped to maximize its efficiency substantially by integrating technology and video billing. Mike Heiligenstein is a very strong advocate for pedestrian and bicycle facilities and has worked very hard to ensure that these facilities have been built at every opportunity in order to help reduce congestion on the roads.