For several years, most summits and transit debates have concentrated on upgrading the Austin City. However, the Williamson County Growth Summit held on December 15, 2016, focused on suggesting solutions for transportation challenges that Citizens of Williamson County face. The panel discussion featured Mike Heiligenstein, the head of the Mobile Authority, Leandre Johns, the CEO of Texas External Affairs, Joseph Kopser, the owner of RideScout LLC, and ArgoDesign’s founder, Jared Ficklin. These leaders based their discussion on how technology is promoting the fast-paced expansion of transportation infrastructure in the Austin City and worldwide.
Heiligenstein stressed the importance of channeling resources towards the expansion of Austin area’s transportation capacity by building more and modern roads. However, he noted that state-of-the-art technologies such as ridesharing applications and driverless cars could take the transportation infrastructure to an entirely new level. He added that Williamson County had excelled in advancing its infrastructure for the past decade.
Allan McGraw, the Round Rock Mayor, acted as a panel moderator. He wanted to know how policymakers could solve the transportation needs of the Central Austin’s people. Ficklin responded by highlighting the need to ensure the land-use, as well as building codes, are flexible. He talked about future roads and garages. He said that the future parking garages would be an inch taller than vehicles. They would contain numerous levels, consisting of charging stations and service stations. Ficklin argued that the design of future garages would not fit into the existing construction regulations.
Details on Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein has spearheaded the development of transportation infrastructure in the whole of Central Texas. He is in charge of the Central Regional Mobility Authority and serves in the position of executive director. The Mobile Authority is a certified and independent government agency whose mission is to upgrade transportation infrastructure for the Central Texas. The Agency opened its doors in 2002 and started official operation in 2003 following the appointment of Mike as its head.
Mike has stayed committed to his mission of changing Central Texas for the better. He has ensured the Citizens of Central Texas are well represented in the government by holding a key office in William County for over 23 years. He has spearheaded the efforts of upgrading transportation infrastructure and expanding water. Mike has led multiple community infrastructure initiatives by serving on several committees such as the Clean Air Force of Texas and the regional MPO.