One of the most recognized names in multi-modal transportation is Mike Heiligenstein with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. This graduate of the University of Texas served as an elected official in Williamson County and as a Round Rock city councilperson for more than 30 years before assuming the leadership of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Mike has continually striven to create new ideas to alleviate traffic congestion in the greater Austin, Texas, area. These problems have been aggravated as the region continues to be one of the fastest growing in the United States.
Over 60 percent of all residents in the United States see congestion relief and safety as top priorities when building new roads. Mike has tried to create novel solutions like the MoPac Express Lane that allows users to see congestion on an app before entering the roadway. Mike has also been instrumental in introducing Austin-area drivers to Carma software allowing them to organize carpools easily.
Another area of concern that Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is addressing under Mike Heiligenstein’s leadership is the need for roadways to be accessible to different forms of transportation. Therefore, he tries to design roads that are safe for pedestrians and bicyclists. While this is not always possible, he says it is always something that they take into consideration before authorizing any new project.
Smart roadways may become a reality in the Austin-area soon if Mike Heiligenstein gets his way. He says that he loves the thought of roadways that will alert drivers when they are going the wrong way on a one-way road.
In addition to his work with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Mike also serves as a board member with the Texas Transportation Institute . This organization sponsored by Texas A&M University provides funding for over 200 research projects annually finding new solutions to transportation issues. He also serves on the board of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. This group from 25 different countries on six different continents strives to find user-based transportation financing solutions.
Mike Heiligenstein strives to improve the lives of those living in the Austin-area by providing innovative transportation solutions through Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He recently implemented smart roadways while constructing major tollways in the region. Mike loves to share his 30 years of experience with other members of the Texas Transportation Institute and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.