In recent news, Mike Heiligenstein, the Central Texas Regional Mobility’s executive director, spoke at the 19th Annual Williamson County Growth Summit. The focus was mostly on the city itself; however, there were opportunities to focus on the transportation challenges in the region’s suburban communities and the changing technology of transportation in Austin and worldwide.
The panel for discussion also included Joseph Kopser, RideScott LLC, Leandre Johns, Texas External Affairs of Uber Technologies, and Jared Ficklin, product designer of ArgoDesign. The event was held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center, their discussion centered on how technology is changing the face of transportation in the Austin region and across the globe.
Mike Heiligenstein mentioned that new technologies, such as ridesharing apps and driverless vehicles, can tremendously change transportation infrastructure, but Austin still needs more and smarter roads built and other growth in transportation capacity. Mayor Alan McGraw of Round Rock responded on what policymakers require to prepare for the future transportation needs. Ficklin said that the flexibility of the land use and building codes need to remain.
About Mike Heiligenstein and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Mike Heiligenstein works in the infrastructure development in Central Texas. He currently is the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. This organization is an independent government agency that started in 2002.
This company is made to design a regional and modern transportation network for Central Texas. In 2003, it became operational upon Heiligenstein being chosen by the Board to run this organization.
Mike Heiligenstein represents Central Texas’ growing number of citizens by serving Williamson County’s elected official for 23 years helping to lead efforts to expand infrastructure for expanding transportation, wastewater, and water.
And while serving as an elected official, he served on the region’s MPO, the Clean Air Force of Texas, the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, and assisting in leading a plethora of other community infrastructure initiatives. Also, as a result so far while under his leadership, his agency is due to reach $136.5 million by 2020, and see $4 billion in assets by 2020 due to a total program in place.
Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://about.me/heiligenstein