Every individual that lives in Texas for a long time has probably heard of the name CTRMA, or Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. It is an organization, an independent government agency, that is directly responsible for the administration of traffic in the major metropolitan centers, roads, and streets of Texas.
They are the biggest contributors to the reformation and upgrading of many toll roads in Texas, being one of the driving forces in the quality traffic compared to many other metropolitan centers in the world.
CTRMA is continuously evolving with the Texas landscape and community, understanding the biggest concerns and requirements of an always-growing center like Texas.
The director of CTRMA, Mike Heiligenstein, gave an interview where he talked more about his role in CTRMA and a bit of his career life and the future of the agency going forward.
The director was San Antonio at a Texas Department of Transportation forum where he was covering some of the changes that the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is aiming to target to supporting the growing infrastructure of recent times in Texas.
One of the subjects that Mr. Heiligenstein covered in his interviews was the future of the company about toll roads and a bit of the controversy that has been roaming around the subject, especially toll roads like State Highway 130.
According to Mike, drivers are not using SH 130, but it is definitely not a fault of the toll road itself, but of the ever-changing landscape of Texas. He also said that Interstate 35 is an old problematic issue and the next decades will have high, increasing demand regarding its capacity.
Another problem is that many traffic problems cannot be fixed by just adding lanes or changing some of the routes by adding another path because of the footprint that cannot be altered any further. Although many traffic issues would be solved by changing the landscape drastically, you don’t solve a problem by creating another two.
About toll roads though, Mike Heiligenstein said that toll roads are increasingly useful and they add to a roster of tools that can assist the CTRMA manage traffic and keep everything under control. Although they aren’t the cleanest solution, toll roads are part of the solution.
Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director, has decades of experience in managing traffic and analyzing new strategies to combat congestion and improve the transportation system.
He has been with CTRMA since the beginning of the agency, during some of the first projects ever implemented, and has personally monitored some of the fundamental changes that the independent organization has made to improve the traffic system in Texas.
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