In Viewpoint Editorial’s September 3rd issue, the American-Statesman confronted the issue of traffic congestion in Austin. However, with the help from Central Texas Regional Mobility, Austin can reduce traffic congestion by creating tolled roads. When agency implemented its first toll road 183A, it minimized traffic congestion in both tolled lanes as well as non-toll roads. With building MoPac Express Lanes, our intent is the make people’s commutes more predictable and reliable. Working alongside Metropia, MoPac will integrate a traffic app keeping people updated with the latest traffic conditions. As a result, it will prevent people from running late and allowing them to reach their destination with ease.
Another addition to reducing congestion, we’re working with Carma, a carpool app, to increase the amount of people who carpool. That will lead to less cars being on the road allowing for smoother travels for the population. Where it’s possible, Mobility Authority will build Shared Used Paths to allow bikers and pedestrians to reach their destination. In cases of emergencies, Mobility Authority plans on creating a free roadside assistance program for motorists with help from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Although Mobility Authority doesn’t have all the answers, it plans on implementing the solutions it does have.
Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Mike has served the Mobility Authority since 2003. He saw Mobility Authority grow from a startup to a recognized national leader in toll road operations. Alongside his work with the Mobility Authority, he’s been a public official for 30 years. First he was a Round Rock City Council Member and then he was a Williamson County Commissioner. During his time serving, he focused on infrastructure projects that included transportation, major parkland acquisitions and the development of the Bushy Creek Regional Trail.
He also contributed to the regional air quality initiative when he was the chair or the Clean Air Force. He currently serves on the board of the Texas Transportation Institute as well as the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. His service to the public is in making transportation as seamless as possible while also contributing to the overall well-being of the Austin community.