Mike Heiligenstein who is the Executive Director of the renowned Central Texas Regional Authority (CTRMA) claimed that the traffic congestion in Austin would increase. This phenomenon would require a technological solution called MoPac project from the CTRMA.
CTRMA built the 183A toll road based in Cedar Park and Leander, which changed the communities along those routes. It also built the United States 290 toll road, which is between Manor and Austin. This project expanded the road capacity by three times, as well as improving the previous nontoll lanes. Furthermore, CTRMA is a local and accountable agency that was established by the people of Williamson and Travis counties. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeheiligenstein
The MoPac Project
CTRMA plans to build new MoPac Express Lanes for establishing variable tolling, which use complex technology to help in the management of traffic. Further, the variable tolling rates will harmonize supply and demand to ensure a predictable traffic flow.
CTRMA is dedicated to integrating technology solution with future projects. For instance, the embedding fiber lines along the 183 South project, which is between US 290 and the airport.
The Mobility Authority collaborated with Metropia to establish a mobile traffic app, which was integrated with CTRMA’s traffic monitoring system to provide commuters with real-time alternative routes. CTRMA is also working with a carpooling app called Carma to encourage commuters to share rides.
Mike Heiligenstein who is an American-Statesman cited traffic solutions recommended in the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The report mentioned the need to encourage people to walk and pedal. Where possible, CTRMA establishes Shared Use Paths along its projects.
Mike Heiligenstein also pointed out the key problem facing the community. This involves congestion caused by repetitive stopping and starting of drivers as well as minor breakdowns on busy roadways. Mike suggested that with Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s support, CTRMA’s program called Highway Metropolitan Planning Organization (HERO) provides free roadside help to motorists with minor problems.
The Mobility Authority is also collaborating with the Texas Department of Transportation as well as the cities and counties of Central Texas to find solutions to beat traffic jams.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein is Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s Executive Director. He also serves on the boards of the Tunnel and Turnpike Association as well as the International Bridge and Texas Transportation Institute.
Mike studied at the University of Texas where he acquired a degree in Government. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Government.