Though many travel dialogs in the Austin range concentrate on the city primarily, the Williamson County Growth Summit on Thursday was a chance to steer transportation challenges around the needs of the locale’s rural groups.
The board exchange included Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns, RideScout LLC organizer Joseph Kopser, Uber Technologies Inc. as well as Jared Ficklin from ArgoDesign, a transportation-centered design planner who has suggested an aerial gondola framework for Central Austin.
At the occasion held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center, their discourse focused on how innovation is changing the substance of transportation in the Austin area and over the globe.
According to Biz Journals, Mike Heiligenstein, while noticing that new advances, for example, driverless vehicles and ridesharing applications could fundamentally change transportation framework, said the Austin territory still needs to put resources into developing its transportation, especially by building increasingly and more intelligent streets.
He said that is the best way to serve the versatility requests of a quickly developing populace where the greater part of the development is in suburbia, for example, Williamson County.
Ficklin feels that Williamson has done a great job of overhauling it’s infrastructure over the years but there is still so much more to be done.
This includes expanding the current capacities of buildings and roads as there will still be more people drawn to these areas and growth will continue. What is left remaining needs to be made smarter with technology. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.slideshare.net/mikeheiligenstein/mike-heiligenstein-of-the-ctrma-the-central-texas-approach
Ficklin focused on the need for building codes and land usage codes to remain as flexible as possible while addressing a question from a panel moderator on what policymakers would need to do to best prepare for the future transportation needs.
Ficklin feels that all of our current infrastructure will still be needed as well as required to be built upon even when things like autonomous vehicles come out. He envisions the parking systems of the future to be just over five feet tall to accommodate the vehicle itself, with charging stations positioned at multiple levels and service stations on the alternate levels, a system that doesn’t fit well with the current building code.
Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, has served the Mobility Authority since 2003, administering its development from a startup transportation organization to a broadly perceived pioneer in toll street operations.
Amid his residency, the office built up its first toll street 183A and amplified its effectiveness by actualizing forefront advances, for example, video based charging or billing and all-electronic tolling.