Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) says the Mopac project is just one of many mobility solutions. The Mopac project consists of constructing new Mopac express lanes for the sake of instituting variable tolling that uses sophisticated technology to help manage traffic flow. Though the solution is promising the CTRMA knows it can’t get rid of traffic woes entirely.

The problems are too vast for it to be that simple. Nevertheless, Austin commuters should find it a lot less stressful commuting from destination to destination. People running late will finally have a predictable and reliable commute.

The CTRMA also built the 183A toll road and U.S. 290 toll road. Both of which have dramatically improved transportation infrastructure in the area. The 183A toll road is located in Cedar Park and Leander and the U.S. 90 toll road is located between Austin and Manor.

Tech solutions are apart of every recent project, especially those focused on transportation and changing regular highways into “smart roads.” Hopefully, in the near future vehicles will be able to “talk” to road infrastructure. This kind of breakthrough would make roadways significantly safer by correcting many human errors. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mike-heiligenstein/

Metropia, a mobility solution platform, decided to form a partnership with the CTRMA and co-develop a mobile traffic app capable of working in conjunction with the mobile authority’s traffic monitoring system.

Commuters with the app will be able to see alternative routes in real-time. Metropia isn’t the only tech platform collaborating with the CTRMA. Carpooling app Carma is also working with the mobile authority.

Minor breakdowns are a huge cause of traffic congestion. Moving broken down vehicles off the roadway can be a time consuming task.

Thankfully, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has decided to support the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) program, which provides free roadside assistance to help motorists with minor problems. Hero will help makes sure these minor problems don’t turn into major problems. Hero patrols all of Interstate 35, as well as, parts of U.S. 183.

About Mike Heiligenstein

Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). He was chose to lead the agency by the Board in 2003. Under his leadership the transportation agency startup skyrocketed and grew exponentially.

He served as a public official for more than three decades before accepting the job at CTRMA. Mike graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in government and business administration.