How CTRMA Addresses the Transportation Needs of Residents of Williamson and Travis Counties

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was established in 2002 to govern the transportation mechanisms adopted in Travis and Williamson counties. Many residents of Central Texas only know that the CTRMA’s role is to build toll roads and issue toll tags. The truth is that CTRMA’s has several roles besides building roads. As an independently operated government agency, the Regional Mobility Authority operates in compliance with state laws enacted in 2001.


The agency lacks the authority to collect taxes. Its operating revenue was $55,814,033 in the 2015 fiscal year. Money collected as revenue is usually used to build toll roads, expand traffic lanes on roads, and fund other transportation projects. The agency’s assets have tremendously grown to a value of $1.8 billion. Most of CTRMA’s income is generated through the sale of investment bonds on the US stock market. Other funds are generated from public sources such as the Texas Department of Transportation.


CTRMA’s Executive Board


One of the factors that enable CTRMA to stand out from other governmental agencies is its executive board. The board comprises of seven members. The governor usually appoints the chairperson of CTRMA’s executive board. The Williamson Country Commissioners Court usually elects three of these members. Consequently, the Travis County Commissioners Court appoints three other members.


The Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) and Metropia


CTRMA’s flagship product is known as the Highway Emergency Response Operator. The product was developed for stranded motorists who drive along U.S. 183 and Interstate 35. HERO was helpful to over 14,000 stranded motorists in 2015. It helped them in relocating disabled automobiles, changing tires, removing debris from roads, and delivering water to those who are stranded. CTRMA’s professional team also developed Metropia, a unique smartphone app. Its function is to reduce traffic by updating motorists regarding traffic jams and when it is safe to drive. CTRMA’s CARMA, a ridesharing app connects drivers with commuters.


Mike Heiligenstein


As CTRMA’s executive director, Mike Heiligenstein oversees strategic planning initiatives. He became an executive director after CTRMA’s executive board voted him. He previously held the county commissioner of Williamson County position for 15 years. He also had membership in the Round Rock City Council. Heiligenstein has been a member of the Texas Transportation Institute Advisory Council since 2009. Agencies, such as Envision Central Texas, the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council and Tunnel and Turnpike Association, have benefited from his leadership abilities.

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Transit experts offer solutions for Williamson County’s biggest issue: Traffic

In the recent past, we have seen numerous discussions based on the Austin City transportation system. For the city, it has had a major concern in the system of transportation which has multiple traffic passing through the system in a manner which depicts the true nature of capitalization. While this is true, there are also many parts of the William County which have ever been represented in any discussion. This is a total fill. However, there is a remedy which was attained through a rare opportunity which presented itself at the Growth Summit of the Williamson County based in Texas.


This was a rare opportunity to have the system present itself with a new commission which will oversee the increasing trend in traffic in the region. As a matter of fact, the transit discussion was one of the best ways to develop a system which will counter the traffic jam in the Williamson County and other suburban places near the city.


According to the discussion panel, it had the inclusion of ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin who is a designer focused on the development of a different modern transportation system, Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns, Uber Technologies Inc., RideScout LLC founder Joseph Kopser, and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein. The discussion panel had many proposals to put across to develop a new system which will enable the traffic jam to enter a new phase of development. As a matter of fact, while they were all for the new granola system which will revolutionise the industry of transportation, it will also work as an example to the outside world of new technology in the base.


According to Helingsten, this new technology will have vehicles driven with an automatic system developed by the city in a manner which will never affect traffic jam in any way. For this reason, traffic jam will be controlled n a central division which will also have the powers to shut down any vehicle which has no qualification entering the system. Traffic jam will, therefore, be a thing of the past using this new granola system. According to a recent study, most of the people working in Austin City cone from the Williamson County. Moreover, this is the point where the traffic jam emanates. For this reason, the granola system of new transportation will also affect the new maneuverability system in a manner which depicts the new era of technology.

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