Mike Heiligenstein beat three people for the job of executive director at Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority in 2003. He was armed with over fifteen years of experience in public service. CTRMA is the reliable means of propulsion behind preserving and enhancing quality of life in Central Texas as they evolve with the changing regional landscape. They engage with the communities they serve and protect the environment in line with their mission.
CTRMA is headed by a seven member board. First project since the company’s inception in 2002 was the highway 183A in Williamson. The toll lanes on 183A eased congestion substantially. Mike Heiligenstein has increased the assets and revenue stream from nil to what is projected to be $4 Billion in assets and $136.5 Million revenue stream by 2020.
Solutions from Mike
Mike has been known to have some great ideas to ease transportation for the community. The State Highway 130 has had a slow uptake with drivers opting for the I-35. The SH 130 is a long term solution as the I-35 faces some major problems in the future. It is projected that in the next 20 years the I-35 will not be able to handle its then increased demand. A shift in travel behavior is urgently needed to accept the SH 130.
Toll roads have faced a lot of criticism due to poor financial performance due to the bad economy and high gas prices to which Mike says nay. The 183A was built purely on user revenue and not tax dollars. Investors do their due diligence and see great potential. The last CTRMA project was oversubscribed by 10 times which shows a case can still be made for toll roads. According to Mike Heiligenstein, Austin and San Antonio are the places to look at for investment as growth is projected to be long term and sustained.
More to Come
Mike Heiligenstein and CTRMA are constantly working on better solutions to provide great travel experiences for the people of Central Texas. Mike thinks that trucks should use toll type tags to charge for using county roads as the structural integrity could be compromised by the heavy load. He brings up integration of travel apps and carpool apps into the solutions. These will both encourage travel at off peak times and reduction of the number of vehicles on the roads.
CTRMA plans on offering free roadside assistance in cases of emergencies. Mike Heiligenstein urges building of smarter roads to stay ahead of the swiftly growing population. There is therefore need to invest in mobility to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality.
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