Mike Heiligenstein has a long and distinguished career in infrastructure development throughout Central Texas and currently leads the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
The Mobility Authority is an independent government enterprise created by the Texas Legislature in 2001 to develop a modern, regional transportation network; it became operational in 2003 when Mike was selected by the board of directors to lead the agency.
Under Mike’s leadership, the Mobility Authority has delivered six projects totaling more than 230 lane miles open to the public, with another 155 lane miles under construction. These projects represent more than $2 billion worth in infrastructure investment in the region, serving more than two million Central Texans. As a result of these efforts, the Mobility Authority is seen as a model for infrastructure delivery throughout the state and around the country. Mike has also assembled a staff of 28, representing engineering, construction management, finance, operations and communication and marketing industries.
Mike began his career in public service in 1980 upon election to the Round Rock City Council, where he later served as mayor pro-tem. After that, he served as a County Commissioner for Williamson County, one of the fastest-growing counties in the state. In his almost 40-year career of policy/executive-level infrastructure development, Mike has led or been involved in some of the most significant and critically-needed projects in our region.
Additionally, Mike served on the Austin Public Transit Task Force, which led to the creation of the Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority (CapMetro) and was a member of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) for eight years. He vice-chaired the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, chaired the Clean Air Force of Texas and helped lead many other community infrastructure initiatives.
Mike was selected by his national peers to serve as the president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) and is an active member of the Advisory Council of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. He is also currently serving on the Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts Committee on Toll Road Recommended Best Practices.
Called upon frequently both nationally and in Texas to speak to groups about infrastructure, particularly transportation, Mike is known for his commitment to seeking solutions to some of our most challenging mobility issues.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds Master's Degrees in both Government and Business Administration.
Other Staff Members
Interim Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer
Deputy Executive Director
Deputy Executive Director
Toll Operations Manager
Toll Systems & IT Manager
Roadway / Facility Maintenance Specialist
Traffic & Incident Management Manager
Director of Operations
Assistant Director of Engineering – Construction
Communications Specialist & Media Relations
Roadway / Facility Maintenance Manager
Acting Director of Communications
Assistant Director of IT and Toll Systems
Lead Operations Specialist
Senior Roadway Facilities Maintenance Coordinator
Senior Administrative Assistant
Senior Project Manager – Asset Management
Director of Community Relations
Acting Director of Engineering
Mobility Innovation Manager