With traffic issues only increasing the Austin area, there has been an ever increasing need for resources that can address these traffic issues. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) was created solely to be one of these very important resources, using a wide variety of solutions to address Austin’s ever-growing traffic needs.
While the CTRMA helps build roads to help create mobility solutions, that’s not all they do. Of course the CTRMA have built roads like the 183A Toll road which helped transform the surrounding communities to experience exponential growth and the U.S. 290 toll road that tripled the road’s capacity. The CTRMA is a public agency that is held accountable by, and created by, the people of Williamson and Travis Counties.
The CTRMA strives to innovate. One of the largest projects they have ever begun is the MoPac Express Lanes that uses sophisticated technology to help manage the flow of traffic, using variable tolling.
While the MoPac Express cannot eliminate congestion all together, it can ensure that travelers have a reliable commute by synchronizing the supply and demand of traffic flow. The goal of the MoPac Express is to keep lanes moving, even at rush hour.
As stated before however, the CTRMA doesn’t just build roads. The agency partnered with Metropia to create and implement an app that provides real-time alternative routes for travelers by integrating into the CTRMA’s traffic monitoring systems.
The agency even teamed up with a carpooling app, Carma, to help encourage area commuters to share their ride with others, making a serious impact on traffic congestion. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeheiligenstein
The CTRMA even tries its best to build Shared Use Paths along every one of their projects, providing commuters with alternative commuting options. The agency has even helped to address the issue of traffic congestion by creating HERO, their Highway Emergency Response Operator.
HERO is supported by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and gives commuters free roadside assistance, helping to keep the flow of traffic moving.
The CTRMA was created in 2002 to help improve the transportation world of Williamson and Travis counties. It is overseen by a Board of Directors; led by the Executive Director, Mike Heiligenstein.
Mike Heiligenstein has had a distinguished career working for the citizens. He served as an elected official for 23 years and has helped expand wastewater, water, and transportation infrastructure in the area. Mike Heiligenstein chaired the Clean Air Force of Texas and has led the way in many infrastructure initiatives.