The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority in a government agency that was started in 2002 to build the transportation system of Austin. Mike Heiligenstein is the executive director of the authority since it was started. He attended the University of Texas where he graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Government.
He worked as a city council member in Round Rock before his appointment as Williamson County Commissioner. Heiligenstein was involved in the development of several transportation projects such as the Brushy Creek Regional Trail and parks during his tenure as a public official. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://ibtta.org/sites/default/files/documents/Heiligenstein_Mike_formatted%20with%20Picture_2014.pdf
Mike was a founding board member of Envision Central Texas project and the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. Heiligenstein is a member of the board of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, and the Texas Transportation Institute. He serves on the committees of various transportation organizations in the Austin area.
CTRMA has committed itself to building mobility solutions for the Austin community. The authority made the US 290 toll road which increased the capacity of the road by improving upon the non-toll lanes that were there before.
The authority is developing the MoPac Express Lanes which will incorporate variable tolling to manage traffic flow. The variable tolling system helps to manage the supply and demand. This ensures that traffic is predictable.
CTRMA has worked to integrate technology into its projects to build smart roads. The embedding of fiber cables in the roads will mean that cars will be able to communicate with road infrastructure in future.
CTRMA collaborated with Metropia to develop a mobile app that recommends alternative routes to commuters. The app is hooked up to the traffic monitoring system. It compiles the data in real-time.
There are close to a million empty seats in cars in Austin each day according to data. CTRMA partnered with Carma to encourage more people to carpool in order to solve this issue. Carma is a ridesharing app. This will help with congestion because there will be fewer cars on the road.
The Urban Mobility Scorecard suggested various solutions to fix the transportation problems in Austin. One of the proposed solutions was the need to get people to use alternative modes of transport. CTRMA has done this by providing pedestrian and cyclist paths along the projects that they have developed. Mike Heiligenstein has helped to grow the agency into a recognized leader in toll roads nationally.