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.