Mobility Authority-Reducing Congestion

There is a congestion problem in the Austin area and it isn’t going away anytime soon. The Statesman has recognized the problem and luckily the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has some of the answers.


The Mobility Authority has built the 183A Toll road and the U.S. 290 toll road and they have both proven to help with the traffic conditions in those areas. The traffic capacity was tripled and it has transformed those communities.


Mobility Authority is all about innovation and technological solutions. They are working on new MoPac Express Lanes that utilizes technology to help better manage traffic flow. Variable tolling rates will help to synchronize supply and demand to create a more predictable traffic flow.


Mobility Authority is working on integrating fiber lines into their roads and have plans to embed these fiber lines along the 183 South project so that it will be possible to one day communicate with the road infrastructure.


Mobility Authority has recently teamed up with Metropia to create a mobile app that will be able to monitor traffic and provide alternative and current routes for its commuters. They are also working with Carma, a carpooling app, in order to encourage more carpoolers to drive together. There is an alarming amount of drivers who drive alone that contributes to the 900,000 empty seats in cars that could be filled with passengers. this would greatly reduce the congestion on the roads today in the Austin area.


Mobility Authority is also working hard to create more Shared Use Paths for pedestrians and cyclists which will also help to reduce the traffic on the roads. They are working on a bike/pedestrian bridge over the MoPac south of Parmer Lane and thy are dedicated to providing these paths whenever possible to accommodate alternative means of transportation.


Mike Heiligenstein, Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, served the firm since 2003. He helped to develop the 183A toll road and has implemented many technologies in order to help improve the congestion problem in the Austin area.


Mike Heiligenstein is a strong advocate for pedestrian and bicycle facilities and he has been a public official for 30 years. He was Round Rock City Council Member and was Commissioner for Williamson County. He is very focused on infrastructure projects and this includes parkland and transportation undertakings. He has also helped to develop the Brushy Creek Regional Trail.


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