The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was established in 2002 to address the numerous challenges experienced in the region’s infrastructure system. It is an autonomous government agency created and regulated by Texas state law to implement a contemporary system of infrastructure. This system aims at increasing the quality of life, as well as economic development.
CTRMA is authorized to develop the region’s transportation systems by improving the operational and technical capacity of airports, roadways, seaports, and other transit services.
The regional body is involved with a number of partnerships that seek to modify the infrastructure system digitally. Such partnerships include working with Metropia to develop a real-time mobile app that can be used to monitor traffic, and engaging with carpooling app, Carma to advocate for ride-sharing among commuters.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein has been at the helm of the CTRMA since its inception and believes that the only way to tackle the issue of traffic congestion in Central Texas is by developing the current system’s capacity. In the course of his leadership, he has overseen the completion of projects such as the Manor Expressway, and the 183A in Williamson County.
Speaking at the 19th edition of the annual Williamson County Growth Summit, presided over by the Austin Business Journal, Mike Heiligenstein forwarded that the Austin region needs to focus on developing smart solutions that serve the transportation needs of the growing population.
The summit featured major industry players in the form of Jared Ficklin from ArgoDesign, Uber Technologies’ External Affairs Director, and Leandre Johns and RideScout founder, Joseph Kosper.
The discussion was focused on the impact of technology on the emerging systems of transportation in Central Texas, and the world as a whole. Such technologies include ride-sharing apps and driverless vehicles. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://plus.google.com/101375497770357564809
Mike Heiligenstein claims that although the role of these technologies in transforming technology cannot be ignored, the best way to improve transportation in Williamson County is to enhance the existing systems. This is to be done by making them more technically efficient and more advanced. This is because any physical improvement made will be canceled out by the expanding population.
The majority of the CTRMA’s projects are part of a well-thought and well-designed infrastructure system concentrated on meeting the different mobility requirements of this general region.
Mike Heiligenstein is also an advisor to the board for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, as well as other groups that advocate for reforms in the transportation sector. Before working as the Executive Director of CTRMA, he worked as a public servant in Williamson County for more than 20 years.