Mike Heiligenstein is Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s executive director, responsible for overseeing the condition of traffic in the state of Texas. The current condition of traffic in the metropolitan areas of the state has drawn criticisms both from commuters and economists alike. It has been a great discomfort to many, and an inconvenience that one doesn’t want to get into. The state is losing millions of dollars with the goods and services being stuck in its jammed roads.
To help resolve the issue, Heiligenstein is looking into the futuristic possibilities of interconnecting roads with computer systems, along with building new road networks to ease the traffic jam problem. Under his initiative, a toll road was built to provide express lanes to people who have an important appointment or event to attend.
The toll roads where build to help ease the clogged roads around Austin, and was welcomed by drivers who are totally fed up with the condition of traffic in their areas.
Heiligenstein is also teaming up with software developers to create applications that would help them track commuter lanes, and to foresee where traffic jams can occur.
They are monitoring every area around the cities of Texas to identify what they can do further to address the problem on traffic. Another idea that came into his mind was to promote carpooling among the people of Texas. In the city of Austin alone, he believes that there are almost a million car seats left to be filled up.
He is known to be working with Carma, a software developing company who had created a carpooling app. He encourages people to do carpooling to help decongest the streets, as well as to decrease the pollution in the cities. The sheer number of people, if all of them participated in the initiative, would bring in great results.
Aside from partnering with software companies, he is also welcoming suggestions that would improve the state of traffic in Texas. One of these was to create smart roads, which are able to talk to vehicles. These smart roads would be able to detect vehicles moving in wrong directions, preventing accidents and road blocks in the future.
There is also a suggestion in providing free roadside assistance to those who need jumpstarts, because according to a study that they have seen, one root cause of traffic on the streets of Texas were minor breakdowns. All of these suggestions are being studied carefully by the team of Heiligenstein, who are doing their best for the sake of the commuting public.