Mike Heiligenstein plays the role of the Executive Director of the Regional Mobility Authority of Central Texas. He has worked alongside Mobile Authority since 2001, and he watched Mobility Authority from a new business to a top business that is well known in matters that have to do with toll road operations. Asides from his role with the Mobility Authority, for more than 30 years, he has also been a public official. Initially, he was a member of the Round Rock City Council before he moved to become the Commissioner of Williamson County. During the period he spent serving, he placed emphasis on infrastructure projects which had to do with the acquisition of major parklands, Transportation and the Creation of the Bush Creek Regional Trail.
Of recent, the issue of traffic congestion in Austin was tackled by Mike Heiligenstein. It is believed that with assistance from the Central Texas Regional Mobility, traffic congestion as a result of toll roads can be minimized in Austin. He stated that the solution for the reduction of traffic on SH 130 wasn’t just to move through cars and trucks to SH 130 but to look for ways to add more space, replace the typical behavior when it comes to traffic and changes into a multi-modal. He also added that as regards I-35, the enemy was everyone. He said there was already an enhancement in demand for both cars and trucks in the Austin area.
He also added that toll roads were not the only solution. He added that all the told that would be useful are required. Additionally, he stated that the future is what everyone needs to be involved in building instead of praying for some magician to show up and aid in the creation of new facilities.
On if toll roads could aid in reducing a bit of road congestion as a result of truck traffic in the Eagle Ford Shale?Mike Heiligensteinreplied that one of the solutions for the Eagle Ford Shale would be a method of utilizing toll-type tags that made charges to trucks utilizing the county roads. He also stated that from his experience, the roads were not build to overcome the demand and weight.
Another solution which he brought up would be the creation of a particular section in which a tax enhancement tool for financing would be used in production. He also stated that the Department of Commerce in Texas was making serious efforts to attain the dollars available to counties that have no financial help.
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