Mike Heiligenstein, who is the current chairperson of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, published an article on the American-Statesman to focus on the state of traffic in Austin. He said that the number of people who live in the area has been increasing every year, and this has led to traffic congestion in the area.
Heiligenstein believes that the community that lives in the area needs to come up with unique technology that will assist them in mitigating congestion. CTRMA is a company that was created to focus on the development road networks and other infrastructures. The organization has been committed to using modern technology in all the new highways that it establishes.
According to Biz Journals, Mike Heiligenstein said that CTRMA is a public body, and it is answerable to the communities in the counties of Williamson and Travis. Most of its undertakings are conducted in these two regions. CTRMA has currently set up roads that will assist in reducing congestion.
It has constructed the 183A Toll road, which is between Leander and Cedar Park. The road is wide and has been assisting in controlling the congestion in the area even though the population keeps growing.
CTRMA has also established the U.S. 290 toll road, which is a modern way that passes through Manor and Austin. The wideness of the highway enables it to accommodate about three times more vehicles than what it used to hold.
CTRMA is currently developing the MoPac Express Lanes, which are meant to minimize traffic in the area. The highways are innovative, and the will ensure that the Express Lane moves even during rush hours when the other lanes as crawling. The roads will have state-of-the-art technology such as fiber lines that automatically detect vehicles that are not being driven on the right lanes.
Mike said that CTRMA has currently joined efforts with Metropolia to come up with a mobile app that will be linked with the traffic monitoring network so as to offer commuters alternative routes during congestion. It has also partnered with a top carpooling app that is called Carma to motivate more people to share their rides.
This will significantly reduce congestion on the roads. CTRMA also encourages the residents of Austin to walk or peddle when they can.
CTRMA believes that another major cause of traffic congestion is the breakdown of vehicles on busy highways. The organization has worked with Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to establish an excellent Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) that assists any motorists who faces minor mechanical problems when they are on the road.