Mike Heiligenstein Posits That CTRMA Leads In Providing Mobility Solutions To Austin Area

The Austin American-Statesman mentioned that traffic congestion in the Austin area would increase. They suggested the use of a tech solution to manage the problem. Mike Heiligenstein said the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) had channeled its resources towards augmenting the transportation infrastructure in the region. Some of CTRMA’s projects include the 183A toll road in Cedar Park and Leander, and the U.S. 290 toll road between Austin and Manor. This project has tripled the road’s capacity. These undertakings have transformed the surrounding communities. Moreover, the corporation improved existing nontoll lanes. Mike explained that CTRMA is a local agency whose mission is to innovate.

Another major milestone made by CTRMA is the development of Mopac Express Lanes. This project will involve variable tolling that incorporates advanced technology to facilitate the flow of traffic concepts. The variable tolling rates will synchronize demand and supply catalyzes traffic flow. Mike posited that vehicles on the Express lane would always be moving. The executive said that fiber lines would be embedded along the 183 south, which is being constructed between the airport and US 290, to make the road smart. CTRMA collaborated with Metropia to create a mobile traffic app that is integrated with the agency’s traffic system to offer users real time alternate routes.

The agency has also partnered with Carma to develop an innovative carpooling app to promote ride sharing. This strategy seeks to ensure that drivers do not drive alone. It seeks to encourage drivers to carry other people with the objective or reducing the number of vehicles on the road, thus ensuring free flow of traffic. CTRMA constructs roads having shared use paths to allow for walking and pedaling like the 183A in Williamson County, and the bike/pedestrian bridge on Mopac. The Statesman also mentioned that congestion is contributed by minor breakdowns. To cab this menace, CTRMA has collaborated with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to create a Highway Emergency Operator system that offers free roadside assistance to motorists.

About Mike Heligeinstein

Mike Heiligenstein has been a dedicated executive director of CTRMA, an independent government agency that is committed to improving the transportation infrastructure in Williamson and Travis Counties. Under his leadership, the mobility authority has managed to develop different projects in the region. For over three decades, Heiligenstein served as a public officer in Williamson County where he focused on water and transportation infrastructure. Mike has also served as the president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and other committees.

Learn more:

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

Mike Heiligenstein: The Politician

He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He was picked from three of the finalists of a board of 7 CTRMA members. Before he was even there, he worked at the Round Rock City Council for about eight years and then before that he was working as the Williamson County Commissioner for 15 years.

 

 

History

 

 

Mike Heiligenstein was named a member of the Texas Transportation Institute advisory in 2009 March. His services as a board member have been scattered across The International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association and Envision Central Texas, the National Association of Counties Air and water Quality Subcommittees and San Antonio Corridor Council as a Former Vice Chair.

 

 

He got his Bachelor and Two Masters degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

Service

 

 

In September 2015, he wrote an article that detailed what they had done so far when it comes to the matter of roads and the tolls. These have helped reduce the congestion in Austin Texas which has witnessed an influx of cars and traffic increment.

 

 

Their work there is to make sure that they innovate and come up with the solutions that are needed to make the roads better and that transport happens as it should. The varying tolls are used to make sure that the express lane is moving fast even when the others are slowing down.

 

 

They created a mobile app that was integrated with their monitoring system to provide routes that were alternatives for drivers seeking to avoid the congested roads. He cited solutions that are changing the way that these roads are run and operated.

 

 

He also talked about the congestion caused by the drivers who start and then stop caused by little breakdowns. When they make the off roads that they can drive to make room for the rest, they can solve this too.

 

 

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

 

 

It is the one that is leading now in the building transportation industry right now. It has led to strides made in that particular sector especially in Travis and Williamson County. They have built toll roads 183-A and the U.S. 290 East and then issuing toll bags.

 

 

It is an independent government agency which is comprised of seven members in it board who oversee the business interests and development. They have offered a lot including roadside assistance and travel apps. So far, they have done a good job.

Learn more:

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

https://communityimpact.com/topics/mike-heiligenstein/