Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is a body based in Austin, Texas. It was created in 2002 to create a transport network for Central Texas. Mike Heiligenstein is its executive director. The main task of the body is to ensure easy mobility for the fast growing population in the region. Its first project was the development of the 183A Williamson County. The project was the first to shift to all electronic cash less toll system. Mike is the present President of International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. He previously served as a public official in Williamson County for 23 years. He is also a member of the A&M transportation advisory board among other transport related committees.
Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency that has helped solve traffic issues in Austin. The mission of the agency is to implement innovative multi modal transportation that will ease congestion and provide quality life through the convenience offered. The authority is spear headed by a seven member board. In this case, the governor is tasked with appointing the chairman of the board whereas commissioner courts in Williamson and Travis counties elect three members each. The body makes use of the private sector professional experts to offer their input in the various projects needed and the professional team is led by Heiligenstein. The move ensures that their projects are up to the expected standard in all measures.
Mobility Transport works in accordance with Chapter 370 in the Texas Transportation Codes. Under this section it has the mandate to construct transport systems that may include railways, roadways, seaports, airports and any other transit services. In addition to the above the body is authorized to issue revenue bonds to fund the different projects and in return use the fees levied to repay the bonds.
Heiligenstein was a key speaker in the recent Austin Business Journal’s annual Williamson County Growth Summit where transport problems in central Texas were discussed. He noted the role that technology played in reducing congestion in Texas. He argued that through advancements in technology, Williamson could achieve smarter, efficient and more technically advanced transport system. He also revealed that the Mopac Express lanes they are building will use technology to ensure control of traffic. According to Heiligenstein, it is not possible to eliminate congestion entirely but they will ensure that those who need to attend interviews and other important occasions can commute fast. He also promised that Regional Mobility Network would ensure that they incorporate more technology in their future projects to ensure they come up with smart roads.