In September 2015, Viewpoints editorial reported that traffic jam in Austin was likely to increase, and there was the need to find tech solutions to address the menace. This advice was given by the American-Statesman. Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an organization responsible for addressing traffic woes in Austin and other parts of Texas.
Sometimes, the agency is involved in construction of roads or developing mobility solutions, all meant to enhance flow of traffic in cities. For instance, in Cedar Park and Leander, the agency built the 183A Toll road, and this project has changed the lives of communities through exponential growth. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://twitter.com/mheiligenstein
The Mobility Authority was also involved in the building of U.S. 290 toll road which is between the cities of Austin and Manor. The capacity of this road was tripled while at the same time improving the flow of vehicles on the non-toll lanes that existed before.
The agency focuses on innovations. Recently, the agency was involved in building MoPac Express Lanes that will create variable tolling that relies on advanced technology to assist in the management of traffic flow.
Although, traffic congestion cannot be eliminated completely, the agency has played critical role of reducing it to manageable area. Furthermore, the agency’s goal is to ensure there is continuous movement of vehicles on the Express Lane even during the rush hour when other lanes may be moving at slow pace.
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority intends to apply technological solutions in future projects. The agency has partnered with Metropia to develop an effective mobile traffic application to be integrated with its monitoring system in order to offer motorists alternative non-congested routes. In addition, the agency has partnered with a carpooling app, Carma, to encourage road users to share their ride.
Leadership at CTRMA
CTRMA’s Executive Director is called Mike Heiligenstein. He has worked for the agency since 2003 and has been involved in its successful growth since its inception as a local agency to the current status of nationally recognized platform. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/ttf2009/People/MikeHeiligenstein.htm
Mike has actively participated in providing facilities to cater for pedestrians and bicycle riders on all projects being overseen by the Mobility authority.
For three decades Mike has served as a public officer, his main focus was infrastructure developments. They included parkland acquisitions, building of the brushy Creek Regional Trail and road projects.
Currently, Mike Heiligenstein is serving on several boards of different organizations. He studied at the University of Texas and received bachelors degree and two masters degrees.