The Efforts of CTRMA to Provide Innovative Transportation Solutions
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, or CTRMA, is a government organization functioning independently since 2002. The goal of this agency is to improve transportation conditions in the Williamson and Travis counties. CTRMA also provides staff for individual projects by offering a team of expert professionals to conduct business with exceptional skills. The organization is sanctioned under the state law to provide transportation systems and issue revenue bonds that are used for funding projects.
In the last few years, Austin and the areas surrounding it have been experiencing transportation issues. The Williamson County Growth Summit took place in December 2016 to suggest a solution for this problem and fulfill the requirements of the resident communities. The members of the panel included personalities like Mike Heiligenstein, the Authority Executive Director of CTRMA, Joseph Kosper, who is the founder of RideScout LLC, and Jared Ficklin, who is associated with ArgoDesign. Moreover, the External Affairs Director of Uber Technologies LLC, Leandre Johns, also attended the meeting. The subject of discussion of the summit was related to the technological advancements in transportation that occurred in Austin. The discussion also included the developments made on an international level.
According to Jared Ficklin, building and land-use related codes are imperative to the transportation system because parking lots are being built everywhere, which would require the current system to be updated. The modern parking lots will have many levels to cover for a huge number of cars, and charging and service stations would be located at different places. He explained that the current codes are incapable of supporting this system, whereas Mike Heiligenstein did not express any enthusiasm regarding driverless cars and said that the process of adoption on a mainstream level would be rather slow. Heiligenstein said that the first step should be to develop the accommodation level of roads and vehicles; otherwise, any new mode of transportation would not be able to compensate for the growth rate of Austin. Leandre Johns expressed his views about the process of increasing the use of public transport by creating more subsidies.
The constantly evolving needs of the residents of Austin are met by the CTRMA via a meticulously designed transportation system. The company’s Executive Chairman Mike Heiligenstein joined this venture when it was in its growing stage. He was readily assigned with the management of its first project, named 183A, in Williamson County. Heiligenstein previously served as a public official in the Williamson County and is also part of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association as president. Moreover, he is on the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.