The development of an area is determined by the roads that connect it to other parts of the world. In Williamson and Travis counties, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRM) is the leading organization in building the best transportation system. In as much as CTRM is known for constructing toll roads and issuing toll tags, the authority performs other functions.
To begin with, CTRM is an independent government agency that was founded in 2002 to devise an up to date, regional transport system for Central Texas so as to meet the various mobility requirements of the quickly developing region. CTRM does not have authority to tax but has the condemnation power. The agency has grown from zero assets to USD 1.8 billion.
Seventy percent of the income to finance projects its to improve transportation is raised from the private sector through the selling of investment bonds and the remaining thirty percent is from the Texas Department of Transportation and other public sources.
The authority is overseen by a Board of Directors that comprises of 7 members. The County Commissioners Court of each county, i.e. Travis and Williamson, each appoints 3 members to the board, and the governor appoints the Chair of the Board.
CTRM provides free roadside help and travel apps through the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) that assists to keep the traffic moving. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeheiligenstein
HERO offers services from removing debris from the travel lanes to relocating disabled cars to safety as well as changing tires and providing water to motorists who are stranded as they wait for tow trucks. Using Metropia, a smartphone app, HERO incentivizes road users to travel during off-peak periods. CARMA is a ridesharing app that connects drivers with commuters.
About Mike Heilgenstein
Mike Heiligenstein, based in Austin, Texas, is the Executive Director of CTRM. Mike has been at CTRM since 2002 when it was established and has successfully overseen the various projects done by the authority. Before joining CTRM, Mike served as a public official in Williamson County for twenty-three years. Currently, he earns more that the Chief of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Mike is also the head of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Additionally, he serves on various committees and working associations that deal with transportation matters including Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Advisory Board.
He has the relevant experience and knowledge to enable CTRM to achieve its mission of bettering quality of life by reducing congestion and establishing innovative, multi-modal transportation alternatives.