When we decide to go on our vacations or business trips, we have to decide to method of travel. There are many different ways to travel around the world. In addition to how we get there, we want to get there quickly. The main method of travel that individuals use for speed is by air. Travelers rely on airplanes to get to their destination swiftly and safely. One airport that is very unique is Fagali Airport. Fagali Airport is located in Samoa. This airport serves the people of Apia. Apia is the capital and the largest city in Samoa. The Fagali Airport is a public airport and is operated by the Samoa Airport Authority. Visit lonelyplanet.com for more details.
The Fagali Airport was previously owned and operated by the Polynesian Airlines and the Samoan Government. What makes the Fagali Airport so unique is that it only had grass. The grass was later paved over with asphalt. After the initial paving it was also reopened on July 6, 2002. Unfortunately, it was shut down again due to noise and safety concerns received from the government in January 2005.
On the July 1st, 2009, the Polynesian Airlines reopened the Fagali Airport and continued business. The airport has 2 airlines; Talofa and Samoa Airways. Talofa Airways destinations are Pago Pago and Tonga. Samoa Airways destinations are Pago Pago. South Pacific Island Airways is also another airline that operated on Fagali Airport. The reopening of Fagali Airport was a very big topic at the time. Local residence and airport administrators were very concerned about their safety and surroundings. However, the airport has had renovations and is ready for public use. They were approved for safety in an inspection by the Samoa Airport Authorities. The airport also received a civil inspection by the Pacific Aviation Office. The Fagali Airport is up, running, and fully functional.
What Is The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority?
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was formed in 2002. Its mission is to improve transportation infrastructure in Travis and Williamson counties in Central Texas. The agency has the power to create roads, public transportation services, built airports and naval ports. It can also levy tolls, taxes and raise money through bonds to fund construction of roads, highways and public transit systems.
Reducing traffic congestion and and improving economic activity through more effective transit options are at the heart of the CTRMA goals. CTRMA is managed by a board of directors that has seven members. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has a professional staff that manages operations and does consulting work. Actual building projects are done by private companies paid by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Who Is Mike Heiligenstein?
Mike Heiligenstein is currently the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He joined the authority in 2003 when he was selected by fellow peers to lead the agency after it was founded in 2002. Before joining the CTRMA Mike represented Williamson County in public office for over 23 years.
As a public figure in Williamson County, Mr. Heligenstein helped to expand the water, sewer and transportation infrastructure in the county. He also was on the regional metropolitan authority and was chairman of the Clean Air Force of Texas. Mike Heligenstein is an advisory board member of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force. He has decades of experience in solving transportation problems.
Panel Gives Suggestions On Traffic Solutions For Williamson And Travis Counties
A panel on traffic problems impacting Williamson County and would could be done to address it convened at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center in Austin, Texas. Mike Heligenstein of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was a featured panelist at the event alongside Uber’s Texas representative and other transportation experts such as Jared Ficklin of the transportation design company Argo Design. Major suggestions made by the panel included expanding the lanes at routes 183 and 290 into and out of Austin. Expanding mass transit and building new roads in Williamson County was also looked at. The growth of the area was heavily discussed as Central Texas is a rapidly growing area in the nation.