Traffic is one of the problems that most cities experience today. However, in Williamson County, this is going to be a thing of the past. During the Williamson County Summit, the shareholders discussed different ways that they could ensure that they enhance the traffic in the area.
In attendance were; the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Mike Heiligenstein, the founder of the RideScout LLC Joseph Kosper, Uber Technologies Inc. External Affairs Director in Texas Leandre Johns and the ArgroDesign designer Jared Ficklin. They were discussing the role technology plays in the transport industry.
All these key stakeholders had meaningful contributions towards the discussion. Mike noted that the new technology like the driverless cars was an improvement and could radically transform the transport sector in the County. However, the city needed great investment to reduce the congestion on the roads. One of the ways of improving the area is to build better and smarter roads. That is the only way to cater for the ever growing population of the County.
On his part, Ficklin stated that the building and the land use codes should remain flexible. He made an observation that the city will need the code implemented especially because of the autonomous vehicles. According to him, the parking garage space should be utilized properly. All the parking garages should be maintained at five feet tall, and it should contain a few levels.
Technology has improved the transport sector with the introduction of the ride along apps like Uber. However, there is still room for improvement in Williamson. Leandre noted that the people of Williamson needed a system that was going to get them on the public transit. The company will work with the community to build systems that are going to enhance their transport.
This was the 19th annual summit, and it was held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center.
About Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
CTRMA is an independent government agency with the mandate of improving the transport sector in Williamson and Travis Counties. The agency was created in 2003, and it has been responsible for the implementation of the innovative transport solutions with the aim of reducing congestion in the area.
The mobility has 17 members in the board that oversees the operations of the agency. The governor of Texas is the one who appoints the chairman of the board. The commissioner courts in the two countries are then charged with the responsibility of choosing three members each to serve on the board.
Currently, Mike Heiligenstein is the executive director of the agency. He was selected from three finalists in 2003, and he has managed the agency since then. Before the election, Mike was the Williamson County Commissioner for 15 years.