In the Austin area, traffic congestion is a real problem and it needs a solution to solve it. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is all abut finding solutions to problems just like this and they are hard at work to improve the traffic flow on their roads. They have built the 183A Toll road and they transformed the communities around it as they have expanded. They also built the U.S. 290 toll road which has tripled the capacity of the previous road as well as improved the nontoll lanes that were previously there. Mobility Authority is a local company established by the good people of the counties of Travis and Williamson.
The very mission of Mobility Authority is to innovate and to integrate technological solutions into their roads while reducing congestion to the best of tier ability.
They built the MoPac and the variable tolling rates have greatly reduced the lag in traffic flow. They have integrated fiber lines along the 183 South project they have been working on in hopes that someday they will be able to communicate with their infrastructure. An example of this would be that a car going up the roadway in the incorrect direction would be detected.
The Mobility Authority has partnered with Metropia in order to create a traffic app that is capable of monitoring real-time routes for commuters. They have also teamed up with Carma, an app designed to encourage carpooling. There are currently about 900,000 empty seats on the road each day in the Austin area alone and if even just some of those seats could be filled, congestion could be greatly reduced.
The Mobility Authority tried to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists as much as possible by building Shared Use Paths along their projects as much as they can. They already have many dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths along the Williamson County 183A and are adding more as new projects are built.
Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He has been with the company since 2003 and is a vocal supporter of facilities that accommodate pedestrians and bicycles as much as possible.
During his 30 years in the transportation industry, he has served as a Round Rock City Council member and as Commissioner. He has always been very focused on infrastructure projects including the Brushy Creek Regional Trail and many parkland and transportation projects.