Although little is known about the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the organization has achieved numerous milestones since it was founded. Many residents of Texas know the agency for building toll roads including 183-A and U.S. 290 East. However, under the leadership of Mike Heiligenstein, CTMRA has achieved more than that. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has grown from zero to a $1.8 billion agency. The agency board also pays its directors well, a factor that improves their motivation.
Roadside Assistance and Travel Apps
CTMRA operates a Highway Emergency Response Operator, HERO, which helps stranded motorists as well as ensuring smooth traffic flow. By the end of 2015, HERO had assisted over 14,000 stranded motorists. The agency offers services such as moving damaged vehicles to safety, changing tires, removing debris from travel lanes, and delivering water to the stranded motorists as they await tow trucks.
The app, Metropia is a smartphone app used to ease traffic congestion by encouraging users to travel during the off-peak hours. Another app, CARMA, has a ridesharing platform that connects drivers of similar commutes.
The MoPac Improvement Project
By the end of 2016, the agency was expecting to complete the MoPac project, which is a project that aimed at adding a toll lane along the Median on both sides of the highway from West Cesar Chavez to Parmer Lane. The project was expected to drivers and buses to ease the congestion on MoPac regular lanes.
Mike Heiligenstein in Brief
Mike is the executive director of CTMRA in Austin, Texas. CTMRA is an independent government agency that was created in 2002 with the aim of designing a next-generation regional transportation network for central Texas. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in government studies from the University of Texas at Austin and received his master in government studies from the same university. Mike has served as the Central Texas public official in Round Rock and Williamson County. Being the first executive director of CTMRA, Heiligenstein brings an extraordinary experience and qualification to the board.
Over the years at the Central Texas public service, Mike has helped the board achieve unmatched heights. While serving as the city councilman and county commissioner, Mike initiated and supervised over $500 million improvement projects. He also spearheaded $ 350 million transportation initiatives that have been commended for changing the dynamics and mobility throughout Central Texas. During the project, he was involved in all the activities including land acquisition, contract management, public presentations, and pricing. Throughout his career, Heiligenstein has been a leader in environmental and public infrastructure causes.