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/




Mike Heiligenstein

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.