The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was started in 2002 to set up transportation solutions in Travis and Williamson counties. The authority is mandated to develop a broad range of systems including transit services, roads, and seaports. CTRMA works together with private contractors who provide manpower to develop their projects.
It is an independent government agency that is managed by a board of directors made up of seven members. It has a small team of professionals who are led by an executive director. Mike Heiligenstein is the executive director of CTRMA. Heiligenstein has worked with the authority since it was started. He worked as a public official in Williamson County for two decades before joining the authority.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein attended the University of Texas where he earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Government. He is a board member and president of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association.
He is on the committees and boards of multiple organizations that focus on transportation in the region including the Texas Transportation Institute. CTRMA is developing smart roads by embedding fiber cables into roads.
This will allow vehicles to communicate with roads to provide a better driving experience for motorists. The authority has set up walking and cyclist lanes along their projects to encourage more people to use alternative means of transport. The authority decided to decrease the number of cars on the road to solve the problem of congestion on the roads. They partnered with Carma to get more people to share rides. Carma is a carpooling app.
They also partnered with Metropia to create an app that recommends alternative routes to motorists. The app is integrated with the traffic monitoring system. It can offer commuters less-congested routes in real-time. The MoPac Express Lanes that CTRMA is setting up make use of variable tolling to regulate traffic flow. This is because the tolling rates will control supply and demand and create predictable traffic flow.
The authority realized that one of the principal causes of congestion was the constant stopping and starting of cars on busy roads. Minor breakdowns cause this issue. Solving this would help reduce the congestion. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://about.me/heiligenstein
CTRMA started the Highway Emergency Response Operator with support from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to help motorists with car problems. The program is available on several major roads. Some of them are not under the authority’s management.