Most of the discussions that are usually held in Austin regarding transit mainly focus on the city itself, but this time there was a great opportunity to extend the debate on the transport challenges that have been facing the people of Austin and its surroundings. In the panel of discussion, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligeistein was included together with Joseph Kopser the founder of RideScout LLC, and Leandre Johns. On the discussion, the panel focused on the designer who [proposed on the aerial gondola system for the central Austin. The event on the discussion of the transportation issues in Austin was held at Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The panel involved in the debate mainly focused on how technology has been changing the transportation sector in Austin and internationally.
In a statement said by Mike on how the transportation industry is drastically changing with the expansion and technology diversification such as ridesharing apps and driverless vehicles. Mr. Mike mentioned that Austin needs to expand its transportation capability exacting on building more modernized roads. Mike referred to the building of smarter roads was the only way the Austin County can ensure that they met the transport demands of the growing population which are mostly concentrated in the suburbs such as the Williamson County.
For the last 15 years, areas such as the Williamson have done a great job by restructuring its transport facilities. Mike congratulated the management of the county, but he advised them to build more roads as they will still experience an increase in their population. Mike also said that time would come where the only corridors remaining will need to be smarter and advanced regarding their technology. Ficklin was responding to a question from one of the panel moderators when he mentioned that the building and the use of land codes need to remain flexible.
Mike Heiligestein has a career as the developer of infrastructure in Central Texas. Currently, Mike is the leader of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The Mobility was created in 2002 as an independent body. The primary purpose of establishing the movement was to design a modernized local transportation network in the Texas area. For more than 23 years, Mike has been representing the people of Texas by serving as an elected official in Williamson County. Mike has also been in the forefront to expand the waste water, infrastructure, and water in Austin. Mr. Mike is a graduate of the University of Texas, and he is a master’s degree holder in Government and Business Administration.