Over the years, different meetings have been held in Austin area. However, during such conferences, the focus has always been on the city. In the recently concluded Williamson County Growth Summit, transit experts deliberated about the transportation challenges faced by suburban communities.
According to Crunchbase, the panel included renowned executives in different leading corporations. Mike Heiligenstein, Jared Ficklin, Leandre John and Joseph Kopser attended the event and offered insightful information on the subject of transportation. Joseph is the founder of RideScout LLC while Mike Heiligenstein has been providing transformative leadership at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA).
Leandre is Uber Technologies’ external affairs director. Jared is the founder of ArgoDesign. The product designer is credited for proposing to the leaders of Central Austin to construct an aerial gondola system.
Most of their discussions zeroed in on how technology would be used to change the transportation system not only in Austin region, but also across the globe. The summit was hosted at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center.
Mike noted that new technologies like new applications on ridesharing and innovative driverless vehicles could transform the transportation infrastructure. He urged leaders of the Austin area to invest heavily in enhancing the region’s transportation capacity by building smarter roads.
According to Mike, this strategy would address the mobility needs of the ever-growing population. Notably, most of the growth is experienced in suburbs like the Williamson County.
Leandre said that commuters from the region needed first and last-mile solutions that would enable them to access public transit. He posited that ridesharing companies such as Uber were perfectly fit to provide such services. Ficklin talked about the importance of having flexible building and land-use codes.
He said that policymakers should develop strategic plans that would meet the mobility demands of the growing population. Ficklin added that in future, parking garages and roads would have a service station on one end and charging stations on the other. This information was originally reported on Austin Business Journal as highlighted in this link http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2016/12/15/transit-experts-offer-solutions-for-williamson.html
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein has been working for CTRMA since it was established. He oversaw the development of the authority’s first project in Williamson County, 183A. This project was the first to transition to cashless and all-electric toll collection. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://ibtta.eventsential.org/Speakers/Details/22280
Under the transformative leadership of Mike, CTRMA has been able to undertake many other projects. Before assuming his role at the authority, he was a public official for 23 years. Presently, Mike works for International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association as the president. He also sits on Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s advisory board.