Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is a community founded establishment that works to improve the traffic status of the Texas roads in the United States. They major in creating solutions that help decongest roads by reducing the number of cars, enhance communication of traffic and moving breakdown cars out of the road fast.
In a report published by the firm’s employee, Mike Heiligenstein, the organization recently announced the launch of a new solution, the MoPac Express Lanes. The solution is technologically driven and will play a fundamental role in ensuring people arrive at their destinations in time. It will use variable tolling rates to integrate data on supply and demand of particular roads and resolve congestion. Roads that will have the installed MoPac footprint will ensure that lanes are moving even during peak hours in the morning or evening.
Mike Heiligenstein serves on the boards of International Bridge, Tunnel, Turnpike Association and Texas Transportation. He has degrees in Government and master’s degrees in Government and Business Administration from the University of Texas. He works for CTRMA as an executive director, which began operating in 2002. CTRMA does not have taxation power and has a net worth of $1.8 million.
Other solutions that CTRMA are looking into include embedding fiber lines along the 183 South project. The finalization of this project will improve traffic by allowing communication between roads and vehicles. That way, a car could receive information to change its direction if it’s headed on the wrong one on the exit ramp.
Apart from delivering technologically infused solutions, CTRMA promotes alternative answers that will potentially decongest the roads. In collaboration with Carma, the firm is encouraging drivers to ditch their cars and opt to carpool. According to Carma’s analytics, there are 900,000 empty car seats in Austin on a daily basis. If commuters share their rides, there will be a significant reduction of cars on the road.
Europe has a high number of passengers who opt to walk or pedal to work. As a result, their roads are visibly clearer as is also visible in Williamson County, where a majority of commuters do not use motor cars. According to Crunchbase, the CTRMA attested to the effectiveness of these strategies and formed a partnership with Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to implement the same.
They will install Shared Use Paths alongside the road projects to provide pedestrians and cyclists with designated paths of travel free of accident risks from motor vehicles. Another construction is the pedestrian/bike bridge in South Parmer Lane going over MoPac.
Regarding the Statesman’s comments that indicated repetitive starting and stopping of drivers as a primary cause of congestion, The CTRMA will provide free roadside help to get drivers moving after minor breakdowns. The firm cites that they will continue to partner with the administration of Central Texas and the Texas Transportation Department to resolve traffic jams in the Texas region.