Transportation

Mobility Authority-Reducing the Congestion Problem

Austin has a large congestion problem and the Mobile Authority is working to reduce it. They are known for their integration of technology into their solutions. They are also responsible for building the 183A Toll road as well as the 290 toll road which helped to increase the capacity of the previous road and improved the nontoll lanes which it replaced.

 

Mobility Authority is known for their innovation and integration of technology into their roads. They are planning to embed fiber lines into the 183 South project so that one day they will be able to communicate with road infrastructure. They will be able to tell when a vehicle is going up the exit ramp in the wrong direction, for example.

 

Mobility Authority has joined forces with Metropia to create a mobile traffic app that will help to find alternative routes for commuters and they are also working with Carma, which is a carpooling app. This carpooling app will help to encourage commuters to carpool more often as there are thousands of empty seats on the road each day. Even filling just fraction of those seats could drastically reduce the congestion on the roads.

 

A big contributor to the congestion problem is vehicles that have broken down by the side of the roads. So there is a program that provides free roadside assistance to help with minor mechanical problems to get cars moving again and off the side of the roads or blocking traffic. The roads that are patrolled are the most heavily congested in the Austin area and the support from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has made it possible to start the HERO or Highway Response Operator program. Mobility Authority will always find a way to reduce congestion.

 

Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of the Mobility Authority in Texas, is a strong advocate for bicyclist and pedestrian paths and has worked hard to make sure that they are built whenever possible. Mobility Authority is currently managing a $1 billion program in order to extend the 183A Toll road which serves most of the population of Austin. Mike Heiligenstein has been with Mobility Authority since 2003 and has seen it grow form a transportation agency to a nationally recognized leader in transportation solutions. He is often called upon to speck nationally and in the Texas area about infrastructure and is well-known for his problem solving skills and talents.

 

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