CTRMA -Article Recap

One of the fundamental challenges facing many cities around the world including Austin, Texas is traffic congestion. As communities continue to grow exponentially, the available spaces including roads are increasingly becoming congested. Therefore, the need to decongest traffic is not only an urgent matter but also a critical issue that requires a multifaceted solution.

One such organization actively engaged in decongesting traffic in Austin is Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). While recognizing that traffic congestion is impossible to completely eradicate, CTRMA has employed strategic measures that incorporate old and new technologies such mobile applications in its efforts towards decongesting the city.

Under its current Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, CTRMA has successfully launched technology-based projects. These include incorporation of technology into toll lanes systems and use of mobile applications to manage road usage. The authority has also incorporated smart technologies such as fiber cables to facilitate communication between the roads and the vehicles. It also actively engages the local communities to embrace using bikes and walking as a means of transport.

CTRMA: Embracing Innovative Technology and Professionalism

One of the key pillars of CTRMA’s success is seamlessly merging the existing traffic congestion solutions with innovative ones. By incorporating technology into the current system, CTRMA has managed to add one of the most important success factor to traffic decongestion: flexibility of the existing infrastructure.


By using mobile phone applications to manage traffic routes usage, the authority is tapping into one of the most commonly available technology today: mobile phones. This helps users to seek alternative routes while commuting or opt for carpooling to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Smart technology, as Mr. Mike Heiligenstein holds, will ensure that the transport system can meet the demands of the future.

Additionally, CTRMA has expanded the capacity the existing infrastructure including toll and non-toll lanes by introducing new lanes. To further reduce the number of vehicles on the road, CTRMA has launched biking lanes, which can also be used for walking by pedestrians. Others such as pedestrian bridges and elimination of frequent stops on the highways will ensure that the transport system is efficient.


Currently headed by Mr. Heiligenstein, CTRMA is an agency founded in 2002 with the primary role of merging technology with the current transport system solutions to produce multifaceted transport management systems. Its jurisdiction is confined to Travis and Williamson counties.

Its seven-board membership is drawn from the two counties while the chairman is a state governor appointee. Mr. Heiligenstein is a veteran in public service, with over two decades of experience. His expertise and experience played a key role in his appointment to head several local and national committees operating within the transport sector.

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