What the Mobility Authority is Doing to Reduce Congestion

The congestion in the Austin area is a big problem and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is working hard to tackle it. They are all about innovation and finding solutions to traffic issues and hey have the power to transform entire communities by building their roads. Such is the case when the 183A was built and when the U.S. 290 toll road was built, it tripled the capacity of the previous road. It also improved the nontoll lanes that were once there.

 

The Mobility Authority is working on the MoPac Express Lanes and they will help to accommodate variable tolling that uses advanced technology to manage traffic flow. Variable tolling rates help to manage the flow of traffic quite effectively and it will help to keep the Express Lanes moving even when the other lanes are slow.

 

The Mobility Authority has partnered up with Metropia in order to create a traffic app that will provide alternative routes for drivers and they have also paired up with Carma, a carpooling app that will encourage commuters to carpool more often. As it stands now there are about 900,000 empty seats on the road each day and if only a few of those sets could be filled it would greatly reduce congestion on the roads.

 

Whenever possible the Mobility Authority tries to implement Shared Use Paths into their infrastructures in order to encourage residents to walk and bike more. This is anther great way to help reduce traffic congestion.

 

Congestion is sometime caused by stalled cars on the roads and the Mobility Authority is working with the Highway Emergency Response Operator program to get them roadside assistance free of charge. It helps avoid traffic coming to a halt.

 

Mike Heiligenstein has been with the Mobility Traffic Authority since 2003 and has seen it grow form just s startup transportation agency to a leader in toll operations that is recognized nationally. He has spent 30 years as a public official and is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

 

Mike Heiligenstein is a strong advocate for pedestrian and bicycle facilities and has worked very hard to ensure that they are built whenever possible. The Mobility Authority is currently managing a $1 billion project in order to extend the 183A toll road, finish the 6.2-mile Manor Expressway and implement the Express Lanes on the MoPac in order to help reduce congestion.