Discussions on how to solve the transport challenges in Williamson County in the suburban regions have taken shape. The discussion emerged during the Williamson County Growth Summit, which was graced by the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) Mike Heiligenstein and Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign. The summit also included Joseph Kopser who is the founder of RideScout LLC and Leandre Johns who is the Director of External Affairs in Texas for Uber Technologies Inc. The discussion of the leaders was on how the transport landscape is changing every day due to the change in technology especially in Austin.
Heiligestein noted the need for Austin region to invest heavily in the transport infrastructure, which includes roads, which are smarter and modern. He also indicated that the technology of driverless cars and applications such as ridesharing could soon transform the transport industry. The transformation according to Heiligestein is necessary because the population of the people who need to travel every day in suburbs is growing rapidly.
Heiligestein also appreciated the fact that Austin region had tried to make improvements in the transport infrastructure in the last 15 years. However, he added that due to the increased population of the people who keep streaming into the region there was need for the roads to be enhanced. This would enable the region to handle the future transport needs. Ficklin also said that even though the region was embracing the autonomous vehicles, it was prudent for the land-use codes to always be kept flexible.
Mike Heiligenstein Honors
Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He is the first executive director of CTRMA and brings in a high level of experience and skill into the mobility authority. Before joining the mobility authority, he was serving as a public official at Central Texas in Williamson County and Round Rock City. In his leadership, he was able to oversee projects, which are $500 million worth.
In 2000, Mike Heiligenstein was in the forefront of changing the transport dynamics in Central Texas after spearheading a transport initiative, which was valued at $350 million. Throughout his career, he has been influential in other public projects on infrastructure and environmental issues. Mike Heiligenstein who attended University of Texas, Austin has been the Executive Director of CTRMA since 2003. Previously, he was a county commissioner at Williamson County for 14 years. He has also been a city councilman at Round Rock city for 7 years.