The Central Taxes Regional Mobility Authority, CTRMA, is the leading agency in constructing the transportation system in Travis and Williamson Counties. It was established in 2002 as an independent authority and has no power to tax though it has the condemnation power. The assets of this mobility authority have grown from 0 to USD 1.8 billion.
CTRMA sells stock to raise seventy percent of its income for expansion of traffic lanes on already existing roads or other projects that it does to improve transportation. It then pays its debts through revenue from tolls. The remaining thirty percent of its income is obtained from the Taxes Department of Transportation.
The agency has seven board members, three appointed by Travis County Commissioners Court, three others by the Williamson County Commissioners Court and the last member who is the Board’s chair is directly appointed by the Governor.
Out of the seven members of the CTRM board, one is an African -American woman and the rest are White men. The authority controls Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) to assist motorists in the region.
HERO helps to keep traffic moving through a smartphone app in addition to removing rubbish from the travel lanes and giving water to motorists whose vehicles have broken down as they wait for the tow truck, among other problems that emerge on highways.
CTRMA’s smartphone app controls traffic jam by encouraging users to make trips at off-peak times. The governing Board of CTRMA approved compensation package of USD 366,112 dollars in 2016 for agency’s Chief, Mike Heiligenstein, who has been with the agency since it started.
This included a basic salary of USD 274,912, USD 45,000 as deferred compensation, annual life insurance premiums of USD 3,000 and a monthly car allowance of USD 850. The whole agency has 21 employees.
According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of CTRMA, spent twenty-three years as a public official serving the citizens of Williamson County. He has overseen all projects done by the mobility authority including the development of the first project in the county.
Mike currently serves as the President of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association as well as on the advisory board of the Taxes A & M Transportation Institutes among other institutions in the transportation sector.