When Austin has talks about the city’s transit system, it is usually about the actual city and everything in it. Recently that changed. The discussion shifted more about the transportation needs and challenges that face the suburban community. The discussion took place at the Williamson County Growth Summit.
The discussion had a series of heavyweights in the transportation industry including, Mike Heiligenstein, who is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Joseph Kopser, founder of RideScout LLC, and Leandre Johns, who is Uber Technologies’ Texas External Affairs Director. The talk was mainly about how technology is changing the transportation industry.
Mike Heiligenstein stated that while he recognizes that technology is advancing and and changing transportation, the Austin area needs to build more roads for the growing population that is moving into the suburbs.
Another gentlemen stated that Austin area politicians have to prepare for the transportation needs of their current residents and their future residents. The use of self-driving cars came up many times but Mike Heiligenstein didn’t change his stance on the need for more roads. Learn more about more Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3051273/bio
He noted that the population of Austin is growing rapidly and they need for improvement of their public transportation system is more important. Mr. Johns from Uber stated that residents of Austin, need solutions that go between getting them on public transportation and getting them off public transportation. He stressed that Uber is perfect for that.
Mike Heiligenstein leads the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority with intelligence and strength. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency that was created to design transportation networks in Central Texas.
The agency was formed in 2002. Mr. Heiligenstein graduated from the University of Texas and he has Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Government. Mike Heiligenstein has served the people of Central Texas for 23 years.
According to Crunchbase, before he joined the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the area did not have any roads under construction or revenue. Now the agency is scheduled to see assets of $4 billion by 2020 and revenue of up to $136.5 million by 2020.