Mike Heiligenstein attended the 19th Williamson County Growth Summit to discuss transportation concerning the Texas suburbs. The suburban populace has grown in Williamson County and Austin, where more roads are needed to accommodate the influx of people. The existing roads have to be redesigned to be effective to carry more buses and other vehicles. Williamson County has kept up with the demands for its transportation system for more than 15 years.
Mike has predicted that 12 lane highways will accommodate the flow of new transplants into Texas. The State Highway 290 and U. S. Highway 183 are the selected roads to be redesigned. The Uber company and the transit system can work together to assist the passengers by sharing a ride when they arrive to get on or disembark public transportation.
The Mobility Authority has the power to develop and execute improvement plans for public transit, airports, seaports, and roadways. The independent government agency also has the authority to hire private contractors for their projects. Strategic financial planning is used to raise funding for projects and the Mobility Authority is allowed to issue bonds to investors and businesses.
Mike Heiligenstein became the Executive Director at the helm of CTRMA in Austin, Texas in December 2003. His leadership has proven fruitful with the Mobility Authorities program designed to stream $136.5 million in revenue with an accumulated $4 billion in assets by the year 2020.
The Williamson County 183A was the Mobility Authority’s toll project that became a cashless electronic toll operation. The southeast 290 Toll road mirrored the success of the first tool road and surpassed the revenue and traffic forecasts.
Mike has decades of working in the public sectors sharpening his observation, listening, and strategic financial planning skills to accommodate the people.
Mike Heiligenstein attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Government.
Mike held the complex position of County Commissioner of Williamson County from 1989 through 2003 and then took the lead in the public infrastructure and environmental projects.
Mike Heiligenstein became the City Councilman to the City of Round Rock from 1980 through 1987 and assisted with managing capital improvement projects using more than $500 million in revenue.