CTRMA and its Chief Mike Heiligenstein Think for Technology Solutions to Handle Transport Issues

Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of CTRMA, looks for technology solutions to handle transport issues in Central Texas. He thinks that expanding the existing capacity alone would not provide the required solution. Since the Mobility Authority founded in 2003, it is known for bringing technology into its environment with fully electronic toll systems and video billing. Mike also argues that technology is not always a solution, but it can leverage the efficiency of the system. For instance, 183A Toll Road between Leander and Cedar Park were needed for the expansion of capacity to reduce the congestion; also, U.S. 290 toll road between Manor and Austin almost tripled the capacity.Learn more : http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/print-edition/2014/01/10/fifteen-minutes-with-mike.html



Heiligenstein’s technology insights are visible in MoPac Express Lanes which come with a sophisticated technology adding variable tolling to manage traffic flow. Mike says that the variable toll rates optimize the demand and the supply, therefore, the Authority gets an expected flow of traffic. It additionally ensures the express lanes with a smooth flow of vehicles even when the other lanes struck with traffic during rush hours. Heiligenstein also explained the future technology innovations the Authority is planning to bet. The upcoming 183 South Project will be introducing fiber lines to make them “smart roads.” The vehicles would interact with the road infrastructure, and the roads would identify any vehicle heading the wrong way.Learn more : https://templeofthecave.com/mike-heiligenstein-an-individual-who-works-hard-for-the-growth-of-austin/



Additionally, CTRMA has collaborated with Metropia to develop a mobile traffic app that is linked with real-time traffic monitoring system of the agency to update traffic information and alternate routes to the travelers. The Authority has also joined hands with Carma to create a carpooling app for encouraging riders to share their empty seats. It is found that the single commuter cars in Austin count to 900,000 empty car seats per day. The Authority is also on its mission to encourage the people to walk and pedal with special lanes. For helping the commuters in the emergency situation, the authority set up Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) as well.Learn more : http://www.dot.state.tx.us/ttf2009/People/MikeHeiligenstein.htm



Mike Heiligenstein is with CTRMA since it is founded and takes care of the overall strategy and vision of the Authority forward. He helped the Authority to grow from a small startup to a leader in toll road operations. Before CTRMA, Mike worked as a public official for more than 30 years as a member of Round Rock City Council and later with Williamson County as its Commissioner. He serves on the boards of many transporting agencies and firms including Tunnel and Turnpike Association, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and more.Learn more : http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/heiligenstein-mopac-project-one-many-mobility-solutions/xMGCtppQvuEzYlFe8FuhSK/