On January 1st, Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), Austin, Texas, began his year-long term as president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them.
In addition to Heiligenstein, eight directors began new terms on IBTTA’s board of directors on January 1st. The new officers and directors were elected last September at IBTTA’s 81st Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
“Over the next year, I look forward to leading our industry’s international association while highlighting the great work at The Mobility Authority and other IBTTA member organizations around the globe,” said Heiligenstein.
“Many of the challenges we face in Central Texas to provide safe, reliable, enjoyable and green mobility in one of the nation’s fastest growing regions are challenges that are universal to transportation authorities around the world,” said Heiligenstein “Throughout 2014, the tolling industry will have the opportunity to share experiences and learn from one another to bring best practices to work on behalf of our customers especially during IBTTA’s 82nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Austin, Texas.”
Heiligenstein has been with Mobility Authority since its inception in 2002 and oversaw the development of its initial project, the 183A toll road in Williamson County, which is one of the first projects in the country to transition to all-electronic, cashless toll collection. Before taking the helm at the Mobility Authority, Heiligenstein served the citizens of Williamson County for 23 years as a public official. Heiligenstein serves on the advisory board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and on several other committees and working groups dealing with transportation issues.
“2014 is a crucial year for the advancement of tolling as a proven, reliable method of transportation infrastructure funding,” said Patrick D. Jones, executive director and CEO of IBTTA. “The infrastructure funding debate across the globe continues to highlight the need for tolling and other funding methods to help maintain and reconstruct our highways, bridges and tunnels. Mike, our officers and directors will guide our association during this critical debate.”