What Makes Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Unique?

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.

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Challenges and the Needs of the Transport Industry in Austin’s City Suburban Communities

William son’s county growth summit babbled transportation problems that are facing suburban communities living in Austin. The event held in Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The main discussion was on how technology has changed the face of the transport industry in Austin as well as across the globe.

It was noted that driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps technologies could transform the transportation infrastructure, Austin area still needs to invest in the industry as the transport capacity is increasing. Building better roads are one of the ways to cater for the growing population to ensure easy mobility. Over the past 15 years, Williamson has been structuring their infrastructure. The exercise has so far turned out to be great but in need to continue as the population is still growing.

The panel moderator asked on what policymakers need to do to prepare for the future transportation needs of the population. Jared Ficklin, an Afro Design’s director, responded to the question saying that more empathize will be put in building and land use codes needed to remain flexible. Franklin went ahead to explain that when you have automotive vehicles, you still need parking garages and roads. The parking garages in future will be five feet tall which is an inch taller than the car themselves. The parking will have a charging station on one level and a service station on the other level.

About Mike Heiligenstein and Mobility Authority

Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, an independent government agency created in 2002. The agency is responsible for designing a modern, regional transportation network for Central Texas. Since its inception, the agency constructed 183A in Williamson County, opened the 290 toll project and is currently constructing Express lanes on MoPac.

All these projects have been done under the authority of Heiligenstein who was with the agency since its inception. Currently, Mike is currently serving as the President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Additionally, he is on the advisory board of Texas A&M transportation institute. Heiligenstein serves in other institutions as well. The mission of Mobility Authority is to innovate to eradicate congestion all altogether.

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