In 2015, Mike Heiligenstein published an article discussing the critical issues that the city of Austin faces with the increase of traffic. He had accurately predicted that the traffic in Austin will increasingly become congested and the city will not be prepared to mitigate it. He also promoted his organization, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, as the means to stop it.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is specifically dedicated to construction new mobility solutions for roads. They are considered to be an agency representing the community rather than a private company.
They had constructed the 183A toll booth for the Cedar Park, which has greatly improved traffic conditions for the community. They were also responsible for the U.S. 290 toll road in Austin. The organization proposes that they implement similar solutions throughout key areas of Austin.
They aim to use innovative technology amongst toll roads to increase the efficiency of traffic flow. The MoPac Express Lane technology is the leading solution to greatly reduce congerstion in such roads. The technology will add variance to toll rates to allow control of the traffic flow.
The Express Lane would improve greatly and have a more seamless flow. Other toll roads face congestion during rush hour. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://ibtta.org/sites/default/files/documents/Heiligenstein_Mike_formatted%20with%20Picture_2014.pdf
In collaboration with Metropia, the group had created a traffic application for mobile phones. The application will provide alternative routes that the user should take based on traffic conditions and toll rates. The authority is also working with the app Carma to encourage carpooling on their toll routes.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute also encourages people to walk or ride bikes instead of drive. The excess of cars in the road for short voyages also contribute to the traffic issues in the area. There are also biking and pedestrian paths being built over major highways to encourage the practice.
According to Supply Chain Digital, Mike Heiligenstein is the Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Mike is also a constributor to other similar organizations like the Texas Transportation Institute and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. He also publishes articles as a guest writer about traffic and futurism. He recently written an article for Technology Review abour the impacts of sef-driving cars. He believes firmly that these cars will reduce the carbon footprint and reduce accidents.