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CTRMA:INNOVATORS AMONG TRANSPORTATION

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was established in 2002 with the goal of using modernized technology to find resolutions to the multi-mode transportation and infrastructure for central Texas. MoPac is an independent government agency that finds innovative solutions to the overcrowding of highway travel as well as other transit concerns that impact the economy and its citizens. They are credited with the creation of 183A and the 290 toll roads that have resulted in Travison and Williamson counties extensive rapid development. Using the most advanced scientific data and technology, MoPac is able to control traffic through variable tolling rates which anticipates supply and demand. Through fiber line road integration, communication between the vehicle and the road is possible and could solve numerous problems before they occur. MoPac joined forces with Metropia and Carma producing phone apps that display different routes and brings carpoolers together. With assistance from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization a Highway Crisis Response technician has been assigned to quickly help stranded vehicles preventing minor issues from becoming major traffic issues. Through their innovative solutions expressways are kept constantly moving even when other lanes are stalled.

 

Mike Heiligenstein has been the Executive Director of the Central Texas Mobility Authority since 2003 and has been integral to the agency’s effectiveness in Texas transportation. He is considered a nationally acclaimed pioneer among his constituents with regard to leadership and resolving complications within infrastructure and toll roads. He has successfully spearheaded many infrastructure programs for several communities.

 

Heiligenstein has a Bachelors and two impressive master’s degrees from the University of Texas. Mike was up for a challenge when assuming the director of Mobile authority because there was no useable available capital and many people staunchly disagreed with having toll roads. With his triumphant aptitude Mike has managed to accrue an ever- increasing income that is presumed to be worth $136.5 million in the year 2020. Mobile Authority is expected to have around four billion dollars in available revenue by the same year. Mike has had a distinguished career holding many affluent positions. His notable board and council services are listed below.

 

  • International Bridge
  • Envision Central Texas
  • Tunnel and Turnpike Association
  • The National Association of Counties Air and Water Quality Subcommittees
  • The Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council
  • Round Rock City Council member for 8 years
  • Commissioner of Williamson County for 15 years
  • Chairman of the Clean Air Force of Texas

 

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Mike Heiligenstein with the Solution to Williamson County Traffic Issues

A recently held Williamson County Growth Summit enabled relevant leaders to conform the traffic congestion challenges to the needs of the communities in the Williamson County region. Frequently, most transit discussions are focused on the main city alone. The panel included Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s (CTRMA) Executive Director, Mike Heiligenstein, and the Founder of RideScout LLC., Joseph Kosper. Others in the panel were Leandre Johns of Uber Technologies, ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin and Texas External Affairs Director. As a designer, Ficklin’s primary focus lies on transportation. Interestingly, Ficklin is the mastermind behind he proposed the Central Texas’ aerial gondola system.

 

The discussion took place at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The central issue was how technology is currently transforming the transit sector in Austin and globally as well. According to Mike Heiligenstein, modern technology is comparable to a driverless vehicle, and it had the potential of radically changing the transportation infrastructure. However, he additionally pointed out that the region should make significant investments directed to expanding it transportation capacity through the construction of extra and smarter roads. Mike noted that the strategy, if followed, would be the most efficient to meet the mobility demands of the increasingly growing population, particularly in the suburbs such as the Williamson County. Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/print-edition/2014/01/10/fifteen-minutes-with-mike.html

 

Mike Heiligenstein postulated that for over the past 15 years, the Williamson region has remarkably been able to reorganize its infrastructure. However, there is a highly possibility that high numbers of people are likely to settle in Williamson. Mike suggested that apart from building the roads, their capacity should be increased to be accommodative of the forecasted population rise. In addition, Mike added that the region should focus on making the remaining corridors better and smarter, technically advanced as well as more efficient. Ficklin, in response to a moderator’s question on how policymakers can plan ahead of the future transportation needs, flexibility should be maintained in land-use and building codes. The moderator of the affluent panel was the elite Alan McGraw.

 

At Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Mike Heiligenstein currently serves as the Executive Director. He is an experienced and adept leader of the experts and professional team at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Noticeably, Mike has been offering his able advice and service to the author since its inception in 2002, and he has subsequently gained extensive experience in the transit industry. Mike managed the development of the authority’s initial project in Williamson County, 183A.

 

The primary mission of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is to implement multi-modal and innovative transit solutions, which are effective in congestion reduction. The solutions are directed towards the creation of transportation choices that not only improve the economic vitality of the region but also foster the quality of life of the residents. The authority is managed by a board of directors, which comprises of seven members.

Learn more:

http://www.mobilityauthority.com/about/executive-director.php

http://ibtta.org/sites/default/files/documents/Heiligenstein_Mike_formatted%20with%20Picture_2014.pdf