One of the socioeconomic issues affecting Williamson County is traffic. Four transport experts recently met and discussed ways in which this issue can be addressed. These specialists include Mike Heiligenstein of the Mobility Authority and Joseph Kopser, Ridescout’s founder.
Others include Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign and Uber’s Leandre Johns. They met during the Williamson Growth Summit that usually focuses on how the county can grow socioeconomically.
The summit took place in the famed Sheraton Conference Center. The four experts centered their discussions on the role of technology in the transportation sector across the globe.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein emphasized on the need for people to invest in Austin’s transportation sector. He praised innovations such as ridesharing applications and driverless vehicles that have transformed transport systems in the County. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://twitter.com/mheiligenstein
According to Heiligenstein, Williamson County’s transportation systems have changed over the past fifteen years. He said that these developments should take place to cope up with the transportation needs of the county. Ficklin spoke about the role of building codes, and land uses in the transportation sector.
He urged policymakers to make the regulations flexible for development purposes. He also encouraged them to build more parking spaces and roads to cope up with the increase in vehicles purchased by Austin residents.
As an executive officer of ArgoDesign, Jared Ficklin suggested that the parking garages of the future would be five feet in length. He also suggested that these garages would have several sections and a charging station on each section.
He wanted the policymakers of Austin, Texas to review the city’s building codes for them to allow different designs for parking garages.
Mike Heiligenstein’s Career Background
Heiligenstein is known for his directorial role in the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). He has also spent most of his career in conceptualizing infrastructure developments for Central Texas.
As an independent government agency, CTRMA began its operations in 2002 with the aim of developing a modern transportation network for Central Texas. Heiligenstein joined the agency after being elected by the board of directors.
As a dedicated government official, Heiligenstein has worked for Williamson County for the last 23 years. He has been instrumental in expanding transport and wastewater networks in the County. He once served as the chairperson of the Clean Air Force of Texas and a member of Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council.
After joining CTRMA’s executive team, Mike Heiligenstein initiated a program that seeks to generate $136.5 million for the agency by 2020. The program also seeks to increase CTRMA’s assets to $4 billion by 2020.