Development and industrialization are good, because it is a testament that a particular place is experiencing economic growth. However, these two causes another problem – traffic jams. Traffic has been around the streets of Texas since the dawn of the state’s industrialization. As their economy continues to rise, massive developments would partake within the state’s borders, and it would also cause the traffic problem to become worse. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, also known as CTRMA, is doing their best to decongest the streets of Texas and make the traffic flowing and the travel time around its city faster than it is today. Mike Heiligenstein leads the agency, and he is optimistic that one day, he will see the streets of Texas without heavy traffic, especially inside its major metropolitan areas. He is very passionate about his job, giving out 100% each day just to find a way on how they can reduce traffic. When he is at the agency, what he usually does is to check every data about the state’s traffic condition. He would also occasionally check CCTV camera footages to study any resolutions that can be applicable to the streets of Texas, just to solve this traffic problem that has been bothering them for years.
According to economists, Texas is losing billions of dollars every year because of their problem with traffic. People are also complaining about how traffic has inconvenienced them every single day. One example would be ambulance drivers who are stuck in traffic. They have stated that it is critical for people like them to have an access to roads with fast moving traffic because their job is to save lives and every second counts inside an ambulance.
Because of reports similar to this, Mike Heiligenstein, along with the state and city council of Texas, approved to have a toll road built in the city of Austin. Constructing new road networks is one of the solutions that Mike Heiligenstein is looking at. He believes that by constructing smart roads that could integrated with the vehicles of the future, the traffic situation around the cities of Texas would be minimized. Accidents are also seen to go down, as these computer aided vehicles and roads would be able to calculate any chances of untoward incident taking place. After the toll road has been opened to the public, the feedback that came in was all positive. The people of Texas thanked CTRMA for their effort, and according to them, they will support the agency’s plan for the future of Texas’ roads.