Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of CTRMA that stands for Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. In December, Heiligenstein met with RideScout LLC founder Joseph Kopser, Uber Technologies Inc. Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns, and ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin, a transportation-focused product designer in a panel discussion to improved transportation services in Williamson County. The discussion took place at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. Heiligenstein believes that driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps can make a significant change for the better in transportation. Heiligenstein is more interested in improving bus service and the roads they ride on than driverless vehicles because he thinks the idea will be slow for society to accept. Nothing could be better than creating smarter and safer roads to travel on in the vastly growing population of Williamson Country. Mike Heiligenstein wants to build efficient parking garages in which each level is only five feet tall, only one inch taller than the actual car. The garage will have multiple levels with a charging station on one level and a service station on another.
Mike Heiligenstein has been the director of CTRMA for the past 13 years, a company that he created. One of the first projects he worked on was an electronic cashless toll collector device called the 183A. Very recently, 290 Toll. (Manor Expressway)project. Other such toll booths are being planned. In 2014 Heiligenstein was the President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and also service on the advisory board of Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
Heiligenstein was the Williamson County Commissioner for 14 years before accepting the CTRMA director position. Heilgenstein’s first political position was in 1980 when he was elected the city councilman of City of Round Rock. He has been a public servant of the Williamson County for the past 23 years. Mike Heiligenstein is a very popular and sought-after speaker on the subject of infrastructural transportation. he has presided and headed more than 100 public government meetings. Many board committees have taken Heilgenstein’s suggestions for improving transportation infrastructures.
Mike Heiligenstein earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in government from The University of Texas at Austin. He holds two master’s degrees. His other master’s degree is in Business Administration.