Executive Director
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, an independent government agency tasked in 2002 with designing a modern, regional transportation network for Central Texas. Based in Austin, Texas, The Mobility Authority's current and future projects are key elements in a carefully planned, multi-modal transportation system designed to meet the diverse, long-term mobility needs of this fast-growing region while protecting and strengthening the quality of life its residents enjoy and have come to expect.

Mike is the first and only Executive Director of the Mobility Authority since its inception and has created a strategic transportation vision for the region. Under Mike’s leadership, the Mobility Authority has established itself as a pioneering force, enabling groundbreaking transportation projects like 183A in Williamson County, one of the first projects in the country to transition to all-electronic, cashless toll collection which has since exceeded traffic projections and spurred economic development along the 11.6 mile corridor. Additionally, the MoPac Improvement Project, the region’s first express lane which will use variable tolling to manage traffic flow, is slated to open in the fall of 2016 alleviating heavy congestion throughout one of Austin’s most important arteries. These efforts undertaken by the Mobility Authority are helping to pave the way for a future regional mobility system that supports the robust and vibrant lives of the region’s residents of today and tomorrow.

Outside of the Mobility Authority, Mike is active in regional and state transportation efforts and serves as a member of the Texas Department of Transportation's Texas Technology Task Force, and in an advisory role on Carma Carpooling's Advisory Board. He is the Past President (2014) of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) and serves on the advisory Board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute as well as several other committees and working groups dealing with transportation issues.

Mike is called upon both nationally and in Texas to speak to groups about infrastructure, particularly transportation, and is known for his commitment to regional approaches to problem solving.

Before taking the helm at the Mobility Authority, Mike served the citizens of Williamson County for 23 years as a public official. During his years of public service, Mike initiated and helped supervise $1.5 billion in capital improvement projects.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds Masters Degrees in Government and Business Administration. Mike has presided in over 1,000 public meetings of government policy making Boards in Central Texas.

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