The CTRMA is an authority in the development of transport infrastructures in Williamson and Travis counties. Many residents of Central Texas are only aware of the agency’s role in the construction of toll roads, including U.S. 290 East and 183-A. However, they do not know the agency’s functions beyond building of modern transport system.
An autonomous government agency
The CTRMA was started back in 2002, following the implementation of state law back in 2001. While the agency does not have taxing authority, it has condemnation power. As at 2015, the mobile authority had operative revenue of $55, 814,033 and expenditures totaling to $38,135,309. Since its establishment, the mobile authority’s assets have increased from zero to over $1.8 billion. The agency finances development projects by trading its investment debts on the stock market. It utilizes income generated from tolls to repay the debt. Other minor sources of funds include the Texas Department of Transportation and other public sources.
Male-dominated governing council
CTRMA’s governing board comprises of seven members: the Travis County Commissioners Court elects three members, the Williamson County Commissioners Court names three members, and the governor elects the chair. The board consists of one woman and six men.
Traveling apps and roadside help
The mobile authority is in charge of managing Highland Emergency Response Operator (HERO) for stuck motorists along United States Interstate 35, which aids in easing the traffic. In 2015, HERO helped 14,480 stuck motorists by relocating disabled cars and taking debris away from the travel paths.
What you should know about Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein boasts a remarkable professional career in infrastructure upgrade in Central Texas. Today, he supervises the operations of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). The CTRMA is a distinguished independent government organization instituted in 2002 to build a cutting-edge, local transportation network for Texas. The organization began its operation after Mike took up the executive director post, following his appointment by the Board.
Mike Heiligenstein has addressed issues affecting the resident of Central Texas region for up to 23 years during his tenure as the Williamson County’s representative. As an elected representative, Mike was a member of the local MPO and chairperson of the Texas-headquartered Clean Air Force of Texas. He also participated in several other community infrastructure projects. Under Mike’s leadership, CTRMA is implementing a program, which will results in assets amounting to $4 billion by 2020 and rapidly increasing revenue stream that is targeted at $136.5 million come 2020.