The state of Texas is in need of many new transit options that will help people move around, and the state knows that it must make many changes to ensure that the people may move freely. The central part of the state is filled with many long stretches where there are not many ways to get around, and this article explains how the CTRMA will help. Mike Heiligenstein is doing an amazing job ensuring that the starte will be ready for these changes, and he is taking input that will show him what changes should be made.
#1: Why Make Changes?
Buses and light rail must be added to the state as part of a plan that will bring more commerce to the state. People will find that they may make it to new places around the state easily, and they will notice that it is easier to adapt to the state because they have a full network of buses and trains to use. This is much like the northeast, and Mike believes that it is possible.
#2: Connecting Buses To Trains
The bus and train lines are to run with each other, and Mike knows that he will have many people stop using their cars because they may use the public transit system. This is akin to what is used across Europe, and it will help cut down on congestion across the state. There are many people who have problems getting from one place to another because they do not have a connection from one network to another. Having everything under the CTRMA banner will make the state much easier to cross.
#3: Public Forums
The public forums are a part of a large initiative that Mike wishes to start to help the state address these needs as much as possible. He is welcoming the people of the state to speak at these forums, and he knows that they will have a much easier time learning what is happening if they have met with him. He is meeting with people right now to learn what they want before a final plan is begun.
Mike Heiligenstein and his team at the CTRMA are doing amazing work to improve transit in Texas. Someone who wishes to move around the state more easily will find that they must look into this new plan to use buses and trains to move without personal vehicles.
It was during the Growth Summit in Williamson County that transport experts gathered to give their opinions on how to ease traffic which is termed as the biggest challenge in the transportation infrastructure of Williamson County. The summit was held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center. It was an excellent opportunity to highlight the transportation challenges that Williamson County and the suburban communities face. The people who sat on the panel included Jared Ficklin from Argo Designs, Leandre Johns who is the director of external affairs at Uber Technologies Inc. Texas, Joseph Kosper who is the founder of RideScout LLC, and Mike Heiligenstein who is the Executive Director at CTRMA (Central Texas Mobility Authority). The panel discussion centered on the manner in which technology is altering transportation face in the region of Austin and all over the world.
Mike Heiligenstein said that the new technologies like ridesharing apps and driverless vehicles have the potential to change transportation infrastructure. He added that the area of Austin should invest in expanding the transportation capacity of its area by creating roads that are smarter. Mike added that this was the only guaranteed method to solve the mobility demands of a fast growing population of the Williamson County. Mike stated that the county had done an amazing work of changing its infrastructure over the last fifteen years, but more needs to be done since more people will come there soon. He said that the corridors that are remaining would be required to be made more efficient and smarter at some point. Mr. Ficklin said that the future parking garage would comprise of many levels of only 5ft tall and one inch taller than a car. It will have a service station on one of the levels and a charging station on another level.
John from Uber stated that Austin region’s commuters require solutions that will get them off and onto public transit. He added that this is where ridesharing companies like Uber Technologies, Inc. come in. John stated that they could work with Williamson County to form subsidies that assist the transit agency and the rider. Mike Heiligenstein was appointed by the Board to lead CTRMA in 2003. He has worked as an elected official in the Williamson County for over 23 years. He is a former chairman of the Clean Air Force of Texas. He once serves in the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. CTRMA was formed in 2002 as an independent government agency so as to come up with a new regional transportation network in Central Texas.