Future Roadways, Smarter Roadways

Mike Heiligenstein, currently runs the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. This is a government agency that is independently run. The agency was born in 2002. They were hired to design and implement a more updated transportation network within Central Texas. This design begin to function a year later when Heiligenstein was elected to lead the Authority.


The majority of the discussions that take place on transit focuses more within the city. But at the Williamson Growth Summit, the opportunity was given so that transportation needs around the region could be discussed and resolved.


A discussion panel that involved the Executive Director of the Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Mike Heiligenstein, Founder of RideScout LLC, Joseph Kopser, External Affairs Director of Uber Technologies Inc., Leandre Johns, and Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign’s, focused on transportation in Austin and how technology is constantly changing it.


Heiligenstein spoke of how the Austin region needed to modernize the roadways with smarter roads.


The mayor of Round Rock, Alan McGraw, said that the transportation demands of the future need to be addressed while building codes and land codes need to remain adaptable.


Ficklin added that when you have a driver-less car, many accommodations will be needed. Parking garages will change drastically. Charging docks, stations to service the vehicles, more parking levels adds to the growing number of changes that would have to be in place for this advanced technology. Current building codes are not designed to withstand the advancement.


Mike Heiligenstein claims that while the driver-less cars was a great investment, the adaption of the world around this investment would be slow starting. The roadways needed to be improved for the increase of the growing population demands.


Leandre Johns urged that travelers and commuters in Austin needed both first and last mile resolutions to be able to get them on public transportation and off. Companies like Uber fit the supply and demand of this question. Johns spoke of creating pecuniary aid that benefits the transit company and the patron rider.

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