Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority generally known as CTRMA and its Chief Mike Heiligenstein played a crucial role in bringing better solutions to traffic issues of Williamson County and Travis. The authority has built a number of toll roads including 183-A and U.S. 290 East and ensuring proper maintenance.
CTRMA is an independently working government agency that is established in the year 2002 following a law passed by the state legislation. Over the years, the assets of the firm have grown to $1.8 billion. In the fiscal year 2015, the agency achieved an operating revenue of $55,814,033 against an expense of $38,135,309.
The governing board of CTRMA consists of seven members with six are white men and the remaining is an African-American woman. Interestingly, three members each are appointed by County Commissioners Court of Travis and Williamson. The Chair of the Board is appointed by the governor. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.slideshare.net/mikeheiligenstein/mike-heiligenstein-of-the-ctrma-the-central-texas-approach
The agency is also innovative in assisting the travelers with various solutions. It introduced Highway Emergency Response Operator or HERO to help the stranded commuters to Interstate 35 and U.S. 183. In the year 2015, HERO helped nearly 14,500 stranded motorists by mostly removing debris from lanes, moving out the damaged vehicles, assisting travels by supplying water, etc. It has also come up with two applications to the help the travelers and drivers.
CARMA is a ridesharing app connecting drivers and commuters in the same route; Metropia incentivizes drivers for off-peak hours driving. Interestingly, the CTRMA Chief Mike Heiligenstein receives a better salary from the agency than Texas Department of Transportation Chief.
While the former received $366,112 in 2016, the later got only $299,812. The authority is also supervising the MoPac Improvement Project which is expected to reduce the congestion in North MoPac Boulevard.
As the Chief of CTRMA, Mike Heiligenstein played a crucial role in implementing the model of cashless electronic toll collection in all the projects. It started with his first project 183A, and that was considered one of the first fully electronic toll collection route in the country.
As an executive from the founding days, Mike played a crucial role in converting the agency into a major transportation infrastructure agency in Texas.
Mike also worked closely with Manor Expressway project along with MoPac Express Lanes. He is on the advisory board of a number of infrastructure firms and governmental agencies in the region. Heiligenstein also has experience of serving Williamson County as a public official for 23 years.