CTRMA is an acronym for Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The institution is an agency by the government, but independent. It was designed to make improvements in Travis and Williamson counties transportation system in 2002. Their mission is to implement multi-modal, innovative transportation solutions that create transportation choices and reduce congestion that enhance the quality of economic vitality and life.
An Insight of How CTRMA Works
A seven-member board of directors oversees the mobile authority. Each of the Williamson and Travis counties Commissioners Courts appoint three members while the Governor appoints the Chairman to serve on the board.
A small professional staff is employed by the mobile authority. According to Biz Journals, the staff is led by Mike Heiligenstein who is their Executive Director. CTRMA often uses contractors from the private sector who have specialized expertise to provide staffing for individual projects.
The authority was created to operate under the Chapter 370 of the Texas Transportation Code. With this in mind the state law authorizes it to implement a variety of transportation systems such as transit services, seaports, airports and roadways. CTRMA has the mandate to issue revenue bonds as a means of funding projects. It can use the taxes and/or user fees to repay bonds and fund operations.
Mike Heiligenstein and the Mobileauthority
Mike Heiligenstein, a board member of CTRMA, stated that the authority was created to build mobility solutions. This does not mean they specialize on roads. Their end result is to transform a community. For example, they have built the 183A Toll road in Leander and Cedar Park. Additionally, the authority was responsible for building the U.S. 290 toll road between Manor and Austin.
According to Mike, the road has improved the non-toll lanes that were in existence while tripling the capacity of the previous road. The executive director of the authority added that they are an agency established by the people of Williamson and Travis counties, and they are not a private company.
Mobility Authority Mission
Innovations are the heart of the mobility authority’s mission. Currently they are building new MoPac Express Lanes. These lanes will institute variable tolling by incorporating sophisticated tolling designed to manage traffic flow. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://communityimpact.com/topics/mike-heiligenstein/
According to Mike Heiligenstein, rates from variable tolling will synchronize demand and supply to make sure a predictable traffic flow. The end result will be a surety that the express lane will be moving if and when other lanes are crawling or at a standstill at rush hour.
Rainbow34 April 11, 2017
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