Easing Traffic Congestion Using Technology

Traffic congestion leads to time wastage and in most cases disruption of a day’s activities. Congestion has too many disadvantages and hence, the need to curb them as much as possible to minimize time wastage. Much has been done aimed towards minimizing traffic jams including the widening of roads, but the problem continues to be on the rise. It is time to embrace technology and try to ease challenge.


Mobility Authority, the public firm building the MoPac Express Lanes has shown its commitment in trying to ease traffic congestion with numerous state of the art innovations that are technology inclusive. The Express lane will comprise of different tolling capacities which will examine the demand at hand and consequently forecast the traffic flow. At the same time, it will be easy to determine if the initiative will ease the congestion or not!


They are also thinking of putting up smart roads utilizing fiber lines which will be able to detect any irregularity that may occur during traffic. They have also joined hands with Metropia to develop a real-time traffic app that can be able to provide road users with information about the best routes to follow at a particular time.


Mobility Authority roads have the walk and bicycle lanes that go hand in hand with the main roads. This is to encourage road users to walk and cycle once in a while which can also reduce traffic congestion by reducing the number of road users at a particular time.


About Mike Heiligenstein


Mike Heiligenstein has been a public worker for over 30 years a period in which he has held many different positions including being a member of Round Rock City Council and serving as the County Commissioner of Williamson County; he was a chair of the Clean Air force. Currently, he works at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority where he is the Executive Director.


Mike Heiligenstein has a huge interest in the development of modern and technology associated with roads which is aimed at easing congestion. He also is an activist on encouraging people to walk and cycle to reduce congestion and help in keeping fit. This is why all the roads he has led in construction have an allowance for people to walk and cycle.


Mike Heiligenstein holds a Government degree and masters as well as a Business Administration Masters, all which he attained from the University of Texas. With his track of good work and rich experience, he is regularly called upon to give public lectures on infrastructure.


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What The Williamson Traffic Issue Article Was About and The Need to Know on CTRMA and Mike Heiligenstein

Traffic can be a huge issue for places that are just not used to it, or for places that do not have enough roads. That is why there was a new discussion for those of the area of Austin, and that discussion was one that was pretty serious. The topic was of the troubleshooting for Williamson and the suburbs needs that were to do with transportation throughout the region.


There was a panel with a group full of very important people on it from all different types of jobs. On the panel there was Mr. Heiligenstein who is the Exec. Director to the CTRMA, Leandre Johns, Joseph Kopser and Jared Ficklin. This event in which they held the discussion was within the well-known SGTH&CC, and they discussed during this event all of the changes that are going on within technology and what that means for transporation everywhere across the globe and for the region of Austin.


After stating that he knows of the new advances in technology that will allow individuals to have vehicles that are driverless and also applications that are meant for ridesharing can indeed make radical changes within the infrastructure of transportation as we know it, Mike Heiligenstein said that he thinks in the Austin area the need to spend money still on the capacity of transportation that keeps on growing. Mr. Heiligenstein thinks that doing this and making a lot of roads that are more intelligently desinged will help out a lot. He finds this as the only thing that they are able to do in order to confirm with the mobility desires that are the people’s within the ever growing suburbs, in the places like Williamson.


Mike also said that he believes that as far as the decade or so years are concerened, Williamson in the past has faired pretty good infrustructure-wise. Even though he believes that, he still knows that the place has the very big possibility of more people pouring in. This is why he believes that the roads should be made and should be made in ways that are more intelligent so as to make them an efficient resource, adding on that they should also be advanced when it comes to technology.


One of the people on the panel, the moderator, asked how they should handle future troubles for transportation and what they needed to do so as to make sure that they would be ready for everything. This was when Mr. Flicklin told them that the land-use and the building codes needed to keep on being as flexible as they can be.


The Need to Know on Mr. Heiligenstein and CTRMA


As someone who has a very good career within Central Texas being a person that develops infrustructure, Mr. Heiligenstein is a very hard worker. He currently works for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority as the leader of the agency. During the 2002 year, the creation of the CTRMA happened and it was designed with the purposed of being an official agency who would create new-age regional type of transportation network within the area of Central TX.

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