An editorial that was written on the American-Statesman on September 3 indicated that the traffic congestion in Austin would increase in the next few years, and therefore, the community needs ideal technology solutions to assist it in addressing this issue.
The Statesman is right about the matter, and it is necessary for the city to look at multiple resources that can help it in dealing with the traffic issue. Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an organization that is dedicated to developing infrastructure. The body has been using technology in conducting its construction undertakings.
According to the head of CTRMA, Mike Heiligenstein, the company has built infrastructures such as the 183A Toll road that is located in Leander and Cedar Park. The highways have transformed the community even as its population is increasing.
CTRMA also developed the U.S. 290 toll road that is based in Austin and Manor, and this has tripled the capacity of the nontoll roads that were being used before. CTRMA is a government agency, and it has the mandate to operate in Travis and Williamson counties.
CTRMA believe in being innovative. It is currently constructing the MoPac Express Lanes that will assist in managing traffic flow. The road will minimize traffic, but it will not be able to eliminate it completely.
Variable tolling rates will be applied to synchronize supply and demand so as to ensure that the Express Lane is moving even during rush hours when other lanes are crawling.
CTRMA wants to embed top-notch technology on its future projects so as to make them smart roads. The infrastructure will have fiber lines that will be able to detect vehicles moving in the wrong lane.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein also says that the organization teamed up with Metropia to develop an excellent mobile traffic application that will be synchronized with the traffic monitoring system. The app will be offering alternative routes to the commuters.
The company also works with a carpooling app that is known as Carma so as to encourage people to share their rides. Another option that CTRMA is considering is encouraging people to walk or pedal.
One of the primary causes of congestion is constant stopping of drivers along busy roads due to issues such as breakdowns. CTRMA has a Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) that is known as Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The organization offers free roadside assistance to motorists who have minor problems. It patrols the whole Interstate 35 from Georgetown to Hays County and various parts of U.S. 183.
Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://communityimpact.com/topics/mike-heiligenstein/