With traffic congestion on the rise in Austin, Texas new approaches need to be taken to get people where they need to go. Using a tech approach to solve traffic issues Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority looks to alleviate traffic congestion in the Austin area.
Mike Heiligenstein is the executive director at Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, or CTRMA for short. With 30 years of experience as a public official, Heiligenstein focused on many infrastructure projects including several transportation projects. In addition to acting as the executive director of CTRMA, Heiligenstein serves on the boards of Texas Transportation Institute and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
Serving CTRMA since 2003, Mike Heiligenstein has overseen their transition from a startup transportation agency to a nationally recognized leader in toll road operations. CTRMA is an independent government agency that works to improve the transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties. Using innovative and multi-modal transportation solutions to reduce traffic congestion, CTRMA improves the quality of life and economic vitality of those in the Austin area.
In order to combat the growing traffic congestion in Austin, CTRMA will be implementing MoPac Express Lanes that use sophisticated technology and variable tolling to manage traffic flow. While these MoPac Express Lanes will not eliminate traffic congestion entirely, they will make traffic flow more reliable for commuters.
Aside from the MoPac Express Lanes, CTRMA has partnered with Metropia to create a mobile traffic app. The app is integrated with CTRMA’s traffic monitoring system and provides drivers with real-time traffic updates and alternate routes.
Encouraging commuters to travel by bike or by foot when possible is also an effective means to reducing traffic congestion. CTRMA builds Shared Use Paths alongside their projects to provide pedestrians and cyclists with a path to travel on.
The starting and stopping of drivers on these busy roadways often leads to minor breakdowns and accidents. This only adds to traffic congestion by blocking the roadways. To offer a more practical response to minor breakdowns, CTRMA is working with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to form their Highway Emergency Response Operator. This program that is referred to as HERO provides free roadside assistance to motorists with minor vehicle issues. Attending to minor breakdowns quickly will help to avoid blocking traffic flow.
For more information on Mike Heiligenstein and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority visit www.mobilityauthority.com.