Mike Heiligenstein has a lead position in the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority as its Executive Director. CTRMA is a government agency meant to improve the transportation system in Texas. He has Masters Degrees in Government and Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Before CTRMA, Mike had served as a public official in Central Texas for over twenty years especially in Round Rock and Williamson County communities. In 2000 he was chosen to head a multi-million transportation project that made an impact in Central Texas estimated at $350 million. He initiated and coordinated $500 million capital projects meant to improve the community. He has also been involved and led in environmental and other public infrastructure causes throughout his public career.
Since Mike took the lead in the Authority Mobility, the agency has been growing with an aim to initiate programs worth $4 billion and an estimated revenue growth of $136.5 million by 2020. With his expertise and experience in infrastructure, Heiligenstein is always invited countywide to give speeches on transportation to various groups.
During the annual Williamson County Growth Summit held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center, a panel took the opportunity to discuss transportation challenges faced in the communities often neglected in Texas. The topic was on how the technology is transforming transportation in Austin and globally. Among the panelists was the Executive Director of CTRMA, Mike Heiligenstein, Joseph Copser founder of RideScout LLC, Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns and Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesigns. Mike quoted that to fulfill the mobility demands of areas, rapidly populated like Williamson community, Austin area needed to invest in the growth of its transportation capacity by increasing the number of quality roads. He also predicted for 12 lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 183 and Austin State Highway 290. On the issue of autonomous vehicles, at the moment he thought that its adoption process would be slow and tedious, contrary to what people perceive it, therefore, the need to improve the roads and buses capacity. Ficklin responded to the Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw, citing that building and land-use codes needed to remain flexible because the driverless vehicles will need them in the future of transportation. He insisted that the future’s parking garage levels, service and charging stations do not fit into any current building code. Uber Technologies, Leandre Johns suggested that Austin’s commuters should consider using ride-sharing companies like Uber for first-mile and last-mile.