The biggest challenge in addressing mobility issues in the Central Texas is traffic congestion. As per the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the only way to solve this situation is to come up with innovative technological solutions.
Following the development in Cedar Park and Leander of 183A Toll Road, and the U.S 290, popularly known as the Manor Expressway between Austin and Manor, the CTRMA now has its sights on the construction of the MoPac Express Lanes. The primary objective of this project is to improve the carrying capacity if the road by implementing variable tolling that will regulate traffic flow.
According to Mike Heiligenstein, the CTRMA wants to create anticipated traffic patterns through the use of advanced technological systems. This means that during rush hour when the other lanes are heavily congested, traffic on the Express Lanes will be mobile.
Owing to its commitment to improving mobility using technology, the CTRMA is embedding fiber lines in some of its projects such as the 183 South project to create smart roads. The organization has partnered with mobile app developer Metropia, to create a traffic app that will give real-time updates and alternative commuter routes. CTRMA has also partnered with Carma, a carpooling app to reduce congestion by motivating commuters to ride-share.
About Mike Heiligenstein
He has operated as the Executive Director of the CTRMA since its formation in 2002. Under his leadership, the CTRMA has developed projects such as the Manor Expressway, the 183A toll road, and the U.S 290 toll road.
Before joining the CTRMA, Mike Heiligenstein served the people of Williamson County for over 23 years in the public sector. He possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Government, a Masters of Government and an MBA from the University of Texas.
He sits on the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s advisory board and is President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
About the CTRMA
The regional body was established in 2002 to design a contemporary transportation network that will meet the diverse transportation needs of the growing Central Texas region. Therefore, most of its current and future projects are basic building blocks for an innovative system of transportation. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/ttf2009/People/MikeHeiligenstein.htm
The CTRMA has collaborated with other regional entities that seek to improve the regional transportation system such as the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization through its Highway Emergency Response Operator program.