Texas is one of the best states to live in, in the US. However, traffic seems to be one of the issues that area is yet to solve. Even after the expansion of roads, traffic is still a problem. Perhaps, it is due to the large numbers of people that are coming in to the state.
But, even with the introduction of driverless vehicles to try solve the problem, the problem is still prevalent. In fact, it is so severe that a body had to be established to come up with solutions to it. CTRMA (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority) was created for this reason.
CTRMA was created in the year 2003 under the Texas Transportation Code Chapter 370. This body is headquartered in Austin and was created to solve traffic issues in Travis and Williamson Counties.
The body is made up of seven members, with one of them being the Chairperson. The chairperson is appointed by the Governor. However, the other six members are selected by the two counties. Travis County appoints three and the other three are appointed by Williamson County.
Aside from the body member, the body employs a small number of staff to help carry out their projects. The staff are headed by Mike Heiligenstein who is the Executive Director of CTRMA. This body also contracts private contractors to give them the support that they need during their projects.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of CTRMA. He assumed this position in the year 2003, following a unanimous vote by the board members. He had impressed the board members with professionalism and wide experience in public issues. They therefore voted him from the three finalists.
Heiligenstein holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and two master’s degrees, one in Government and the other in Business Administration, from the University of Texas. But, this is not the only thing that made him get appointed to serve as the director of CTRMA. His experience in the government played a very big role.
He has over 30 years in the public industry. Half of those years were spent as a county commissioner for Williamson County. He also held positions as a county council member of Round Rock. This experience has enabled him have interactions with the public, noting issues that affect them most. As such, he is able to come up with relevant solutions for traffic issues in Texas.
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