Mike Heiligenstein heads the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority in Austin (Texas), as the Executive Director. He is the President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Besides this, he is part of the Advisory Board of Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Before Mike’s appointment into the Mobility Authority, he worked as a public official for 23 years in the Williamson County.
The Texas-based Mobility Authority was created in 2002 as an independent agency with the sole aim of improving the transportation network in Williamson and Travis counties respectively. It oversees the implementation of innovative and integrated transport system remedies so as to ease congestion and encourage economic vitality. An Executive Director heads the agency led by a small sized professional staff. The agency contracts private firms to carry out its projects in the transportation system that includes roadways, airports, seaports, and transit services. The institution funds its projects and operations from revenue bonds, user fees, and taxes.
Traffic is the biggest problem for Williamson County in which transit experts have offered remedies during the Williamson County Growth Summit. The summit provided the opportunity to raise transportation problems. The discussion panel included Mike Heiligenstein (Executive Director, CTRMA), Joseph Kopser (RideScout LLC Founder), Leandre Johns (Uber Technologies External Affairs Director), and Jared Ficklin (ArgoDesign). During the conference held at Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center, they proposed an aerial gondola system for Central Austin. The best remedy to the mobility demands of the rapidly growing population especially in the suburb is to construct more and smarter roads, and also to invest in new technologies like driverless vehicles and ridesharing application.
The restructuring of the infrastructure has helped a lot, but the future needs expansion of Williamson capacity to make them smarter, more efficient, and more technically modernized. The policy makers also have to make building and land-use codes to remain flexible for future needs. For instance, the future parking garage doesn’t fit any of the current building codes. It is, therefore, necessary to restructure the ancient models to fit the description of a modernized country transport system.