The Williamson County Growth Summit has always been a place to discuss some of the most pertinent issues related to the city of Austin. The most recent summit as well was the hub for discussion regarding the various problems that the city is currently facing, with the hope of finding the most appropriate solutions to tackle them.
In particular, the summit focused on the problems of transportation that the city was facing. Austin has been experiencing a heavy migration rate, with people from all over the country coming to the city in search of employment and a better standard of living.
As welcoming as the city is, the fact of the matter is that the city wasn’t built to cope with such a large amount of people and all their needs. With the copious amounts of individuals coming to the city every day, the number of vehicles in the city has also significantly increased.
Now the problem here is that the roads aren’t big enough to incorporate all the motors in the city, thus creating the problem of a tremendous amount of traffic. Moreso, the city currently does not have enough parking spaces to meet the need of the people, forcing them to park their cars on the street, further taking away from the space that the roads in the city have.
The Williamson County Growth Summit dealt with this issue in depth, particularly through their panel discussion headed by some of the most notable members in the field.
Biz Journals said that one of the more distinguished members of this panel discussion was Mike Heiligenstein. Mike Heiligenstein is a man who has played a hugely significant role in the field of transportation and has contributed to the overall development of Austin’s roads and transport facilities.
Currently, Mike Heiligenstein is working as the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority in Austin.
According to Crunchbase, through this organization, Mike Heiligenstein has taken on a lot of projects to benefit the community and transport facilities within the city.
He was the man responsible for the upgrades to the tolling booths in the city, where every booth was transformed into a digitized station, allowing easier access to vehicles passing through them.
His insight into the problem of transportation that the city is currently facing was tremendous. He was of the opinion that so long as the city continues to use its old infrastructure, there will be no way that more vehicles can be accommodated.
He also stated that for this to be done, the roads within the city would have to be extended to create more lanes to keep up with the growing population and to avoid the problems of traffic.
Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/ttf2009/People/MikeHeiligenstein.htm