Mike Heiligenstein is Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s executive director, an independent government transportation agency. CTRMA was established in 2002 with the aim of enhancing Travis and Williamson counties’ transportation system. Mike has been serving the Mobility Authority from 2003 during which time he has been spearheading its progress from a junior transportation agency to a respected leading national transportation agency. Mike also serves as a board member of the Tunnel and Turnpike Association, International Bridge, and Texas Transportation Institute. He was a founder and member of both the board of the Envision Central Texas Project and the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. Mike graduated with Masters Degrees in both Government and Business Administration from the University of Texas.
Mike led the development of 183A, its first toll road, capitalizing on its productivity by applying advanced technologies that includes all types of electronic ringing and video billing. He is a strong believer of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and has devoted himself to providing such facilities along projects of Mobility Authority. As a public official working as a member of the Round Rock City Council and later as a Commissioner of Williamson County, Mike specialized on infrastructure developments, which included acquisitions of major parkland, transportation projects and Brushy Creek Regional Trail development. He was also the chairman of Central Texas’ regional initiative for quality air, the Clean Air Force.
MoPac – A Traffic solution Project
One of the greatest projects of CTRMA is the construction of MoPac Express Lanes in Central Austin, which will be made up of flexible tolling of high technology to assist in moderating congestion. The aim of building Express Lane is to ensure that there is continuous mobility even during rush hour, thus enhancing growth of the economy as well as improving people’s lives. The CTRMA projects will institute technological solutions intended to improve the quality of the roads. The 183 South project that is ongoing between the airport and US 290 will consist of fiber lines that will be monitoring vehicles’ movement.
CTRMA aligned with Metropia to develop an app for mobile traffic that is incorporated with CTRMA’s monitoring system to offer commuters with immediate alternative routes. It has partnered with Carma in encouraging travelers to share their ride through carpooling app. The congestion was as a result of continuous stopping and starting on busy roadways by drivers due to slight breakdowns. CTRMA’s Highway Emergency Response Operator has been offering free roadside assist to drivers with minor breakdowns with the help of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. CTRMA, under the leadership of Mike Heiligenstein, continues to offer transport systems with solutions.