The chairperson of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Mike Heiligenstein, recently wrote an editorial that was published in the American-Statesman. According to him, the population of Austin has been growing in the past few years, and this has caused traffic congestion in the city.
The community currently needs to utilize top-notch technology that can assist in addressing this problem. CTRMA was created by the government to deal with the construction of state-of-the-art road networks. It has been ensuring that it integrates the latest technology in all the highways that it establishes.
Heiligenstein said that the organization has currently developed several ways that are dedicated to reducing congestion in the city. An example is the 183A Toll road that passes between the Cedar Park and Leander. The highway has played a great role in changing the area even as its populations keeps growing.
Another highway that has been developed is the U.S. 290 toll U.S. 290 toll that is located in Austin and Manor. This road has managed to triple the holding capacity compared to the nontoll roads that were formerly used. CTRMA has the authority to runs its activities in the counties of Williamson and Travis.
CTRMA has been focused on establishing infrastructures that are based innovation. It is now developing the MoPac Express Lanes that will assist in reducing traffic in the area. Supply and demand of the roads will be regulated using variable tolling rates.
This will ensure that the Express Lane moves fast even during rush hours when congestion is high. CTRMA is devoted to using the latest technology in all its future infrastructure projects. One of its key plans is to construct a road that has fiber lines that can detect vehicles that are being driven on the wrong lanes.
According to Mike Heiligenstein, CTRMA has collaborated with a mobile app company that is known as Metropia to create a program that will be synchronized with the traffic monitoring program and can offer alternative routes to road users.
It has also worked with Carma, which is a carpooling, app so as to encourage people to reduce congestion by sharing rides. CTRMA has also been encouraging people to walk or cycle.
Congestion is sometimes caused by car breakdowns on busy highways. CTRMA has developed a Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) that is called Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
This body has been providing free roadside mechanical services to motorists who have small issues. The roads that it patrols include U.S. 183 and Interstate 35 from Georgetown to Hays County.