The Williamson County Growth Summit put all its focus on transportation challenges around the suburban communities of the region. The panel discussion had all those who mattered and who could bring about change. This included the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, besides RideScout LLC founder Joseph Kopser, and Uber Technologies Inc. Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns in addition to ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin, who proposed aerial gondola system for Central Austin.
This was an event that was held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The discussion was mainly around how technology is changing transportation in a big way in the Austin region as well as all across the globe.
Mike Heiligenstein is the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He had a lot to say at this summit.
He noted that new technologies that are coming are going to change the face of transportation. These included driverless vehicles besides ridesharing apps. But he was also well aware that the Austin area required to invest as it had to grow its transportation capacity. This essentially meant building more roads that were smarter too.
After all, this was the need of the hour as they had to serve the transportation demands of this rapidly growing population. Most of the growth here is in the suburbs only like Williamson County.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein also acknowledged that Williamson has already done an amazing job with its infrastructure. But the fact is that more and more people are coming there. Hence there is a need to build roads. There is a need to expand the capacities of the existing ones.
In fact, Mike Heiligenstein stated that we are soon reaching a stage where the corridors have to be made smarter and more efficient. This will become possible only when they are technically advanced.
Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw agreed on the fact that policymakers have to prepare for these transportation needs for the future. Hence buildings, as well as land-use codes, have to become flexible.
With autonomous vehicles, there will be requirements of parking garages as well as roads. He was talking about the parking garage of the future. These would have low levels of only five feet. This means just an inch taller than the height of the car itself.
There will be multiple levels of the garage. It will have charging stations on one level with a service station being on another level.