Mike Heiligestein has worked for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority since 2003. Mike is the executive director and has overseen the mobility authority’s growth from a startup transportation agency to a leader in toll operations that is nationally recognized.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is a local and accountable agency that was established by the people of Williamson and Travis counties in Texas. In addition to establishing mobility solutions, Mike Heiligestein is also a vocal advocate for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Mike has been a public official for over thirty years. He previously served as a Round Rock City Council member and as a county commissioner for Williamson county.
Mike’s main focus has been on infrastructure projects. His projects included developing the Brushy Creek Regional trail, parkland acquisitions and several transportation projects. Mike Heiligestein also chaired the clean air force. The clean air force is a regional air quality initiative in central Texas. Mike was a founding board member of both the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council and the Envision Central Texas project. He served a two-time vice chair for the Corridor Council.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority established in 2002 created it’s first toll; 183A, during Mike’s tenure. The 183A toll implemented cutting edge technologies such as all electronic tolling and video billing. The Mobility Authority has partnered with Metropia to create a traffic app that is synchronized with current traffic updates to provide alternative routes for commuters. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://about.me/heiligenstein
Carma, a carpooling app, has also started working with the mobility authority to connect drivers who are interested in ride sharing. The mobility authority established the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) which will provide road side assistance to commuters with minor car problems. HERO will help minimize any traffic congestion that could be created due to stalled vehicles.
The Regional Mobility Authority has partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to create ways to cut down on traffic congestion. The 290 toll, between Austin and Manor, was created by the Mobility Authority to to triple the capacity of the previous road and to improve the prexisting nontoll lanes.
The MoPac Express lanes that are currently being constructed will provide tolling that utilizes sophisticated technology to help manage traffic flow.