Experts gathered at the Williamson County Growth Summit to discuss issues affecting traffic in Williamson County and give the appropriate solutions. This was an excellent platform to discuss the challenges faced in transportation and the requirements of the region’s suburban communities. The Williamson County Growth Summit was hosted at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel& Conference Center. It featured the role of technology in the growing transportation face in the county. The panelist in the summit included Joseph Kosper, Mike Heiligenstein (CTRMA’s Director), Leandre Johns, and Jared Ficklin. Mike stated that new technologies could transform the transportation infrastructure such as driverless vehicles and ride sharing apps. He said that the Austin area should focus on widening its transportation capacity through the building of more and smarter roads. Mike Heiligenstein says that this is the only solution for dealing with the mobility demand of a population that is rapidly growing and where most of the growth is taking place in the suburbs.
Mike Heiligenstein praised the Williamson County for the infrastructure structuring that it had conducted for the past fifteen years. He said that more roads need to be constructed because more people are bound to come in, and there was the need to widen such capabilities. Mike stated that the corridors that were left required to be made smarter, efficient, and more technically advanced. Ficklin’s views on the transport infrastructure were that the codes of construction and land-use needed to remain flexible so as to make way for the transportation needs of the future. He stated that this would come in handy for autonomous vehicles. Ficklin was also asked about his views on parking roads and garages. Ficklin said that the parking garage of the future should be five feet tall which is an inch taller than a standard car. The parking garage should also have various levels featuring a service station on one level and a charging station on another.
He represents the citizens of the fast-growing region of Central Texas. He is part of the team that champions for the expansion of water, transport infrastructure, and wastewater in the Williamson County. Mike worked in Williamson County as the County Official for 23 years. CTRMA (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority) was established in 2002. It is an independent government agency that responsible for designing a regional transportation network for the region of Central Texas.