The Williamson County Growth Summit had a unique opportunity with a panel of discussion to talk about the transportation challenges affecting the Austin area. Most of the discussion held before only spoke of the City and not the transport challenges.
The panel of debate comprised of top leaders and transportation experts including Joseph Kosper who is the founder of RideScout LLC, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Mike Heilegenstein, Leandre Johns who is the Texas External Affairs Director, and Jared Ficklin who is an Agro Design. Jared is a transport designer who has designed an aerial gondola system in Central Texas.
The Conference was held at Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center focusing on the effects of technology on the transport and infrastructure not on in Texas but across the world.
During the discussion, Mike who is the Director of Transportation in Texas talk about how technologies such as driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps can positively affect the transport sector, but even though the Austin area still needs to expand its transportation capacity.
Mike further said that the expansion of roads is the only way the Williamson County can benefit and serve its growing population which is concentrated in the Suburbs. Mike Heilegenstein also congratulated the Williamson County for their efforts of expanding the roads.
Alan McGraw who is the Round Rock Mayor was also present, and during the discussions, he asked a question to Jared on the role of policymakers in the preparation of the expansion of infrastructure and transport in the future.
Jared answered by saying the construction and the use of land codes need to be emphasized and should also remain constant. He further said even in the era of autonomous vehicles the features will be of great need including the parking garages and roads.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heilegeinstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility, Austin, Texas. The independent group was established in 2002 with a primary purpose of constructing a region Transportation Network in Central Texas.
Mike has been the head of the Regional Mobility institution since its foundation and has supervised their first project, 183A in Williamson County. Mike has a vast experience and skills in the transport and infrastructure industry. Before joining Texas Mobility Authority, Mike was the President of the International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
His experience has also given him opportunities to serve in various institutions in the transport sector including serving on the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. For more than 23 years he was committed to serve Williamson County people and represent them as a public officer.
Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://communityimpact.com/topics/mike-heiligenstein/