Mike Heiligenstein has a reply to an argument from the American Statesman that is printed in an issue of an editorial named Viewpoint. The position made by the Statesman is that traffic congestion is an inevitability in Austin, Texas and the solution needs to be tech based. The basis of Mike’s reply is that most of the suggested actions to fix congestion in Austin are already in the works or complete.Learn more : http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/heiligenstein-mopac-project-one-many-mobility-solutions/xMGCtppQvuEzYlFe8FuhSK/
Another fact that Heiligenstein likes to point out is that building another road is not always the answer to solving the problem of congestion. He has completed and successful projects from the agency he works with to cite precedent. These projects are the 183A toll road and the U.S. 290 toll road. The agency for which he represents is the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Mike also points out that this organization is not a private company and that they do what they do because the needs of the Travis and Williams counties will it so.Learn more : http://www.mobilityauthority.com/about/executive-director.php
On top of the other points in his rebuttal, Mike expounds on spirit of innovation that drives the Mobility Authority. Again, to validate the information that he shares, he points to another project that serves commuters well. This particular project is the MoPac Express Lanes. Showing the utmost pragmatism, Heiligenstein explains that the MoPac, in its designed construction, is not meant to end traffic congestion. The project is meant to be a quick and reliable solution for those who need to be in a certain area without fail regardless of how traffic is doing.Learn more : https://communityimpact.com/austin/news/2013/07/15/mike-heiligenstein/
Nothing goes better with innovation than progress. Mike Heiligenstein’s knows the details as to how technology is embedded into the projects that the Mobility Authority works on. A particularly good example of this is the project 183 South, which lies between US 290 and the airport. The possibilities from the technological solutions found in this project are the foundation for futuristic interaction between drivers, vehicles and the roads they travel on.
Seeking a fair and balanced dialogue between his reply to the American Statesman’s argument, Mike concedes that there is a common ground agreed on in that printing of Viewpoint. This issue is the phenomenon of vehicle breakdowns causing so much of the congestion caused. However, as the Executive Director of the Central Texas Transportation Institute as well as the International Bridge and Tunnel Turnpike Association, he has an answer for that as well. It comes in the form of a collaboration with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the HERO (Highway Emergency Response operator) program that helps individuals broke down on the highway free of charge.Learn more : http://ibtta.org/sites/default/files/documents/Heiligenstein_Mike_formatted%20with%20Picture_2014.pdf