In the Austin, Texas Area, most transit discussions revolved around the city itself. However, the Williamson County Growth Summit Provided an opportunity to present transportation challenges that face the suburban communities in the region. Mike Heiligenstein was one of the persons on the panel’s discussion. Mike is the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The group also included Joseph Kopser; founder of Ridescout LLC, Leandre Johns, who is the Texas External Affairs Director, Uber Technologies Inc. as well as ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin. Their summit, which was held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center, was focused on the implications of technology on the face of transportation in Austin and around the world.
Heiligenstein noted that modern technologies such as the autonomous vehicles and ridesharing apps could significantly change the transportation infrastructure. Due to this, he said that the Austin area needed to invest in developing its transportation capacity mainly by building more and better roads.
Central Texas Mobility Authority is an organization dedicated to building effective mobility solutions to solve traffic woes. The independent government agency was created in 2002 in a bid to improve the transportation systems in counties of Travis and Williamson. Their mission is to apply creative and multi-modal transportation solutions to reduce the congestion and provide transportation choices that improve the quality of life as well as the economic vitality.
A Board of Directors runs Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and hars seven members. They operate a small team of competent professionals led by Mike Heiligenstein as the Executive Director. Mike has had a stellar career in the sector of developing infrastructure in Central Texas. Mike has also served the Texas area as an elected official for 23 years. In his elected role, Mike contributed remarkably towards efforts of expanding wastewater, water, and transportation infrastructure. He also served on the regional MPO, the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council and served as chairman of the Clean Air Force of Texas. Mike is also reputed for having assisted many other communities with their infrastructure initiatives.
Mike was selected to be the President of the (IBTTA) International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association in 2014 by national peers. He also serves the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute as a member and other several committees as well as working groups dealing with issues of transportation.