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Recently Mike Heiligenstein, who works for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), attended the Texas Department of Transportation forum. At the event, which was held in San Antonio, the executive director talked about the state’s increasing infrastructure needs. The San Antonio Business Journal fielded a number of questions to the Mobility Authority head. Among the questions, Heiligenstein was requested to discuss the future of Texas’ toll roads, including Highway 130. He was also asked if pay-for-use arrangements could enhance road conditions in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Mike contended that the credit rating of the concession company for State Highway 130 (SH 130) that picks up close to San Antonio was downgraded twice by Moody’s due to the low traffic numbers. Heiligenstein was asked why drivers in Texas were not using SH 130. He noted that SH 130 was an interesting case study. Mike said that Interstate 35 is unsolvable given its subsequent 20 years of increased demand. In several places like the Colorado River in Austin, additional lanes cannot be developed in the existing footprint. From San Antonio to Austin, the traffic is manageable, as it is 85 percent regional. According to Heiligenstein, the solution is not just to relocate cars and trucks to SH 130, but to identify different ways that can enhance road capacity, augment the multi-modal objectives, and change travel behavior. While talking about I-35, Heiligenstein asserted that they had met the enemy, which was everybody! SH 130 is a long term endeavor. They are already witnessing a surge in both car and truck demand in the Austin area.

While responding to a question regarding the poor performance of several toll roads due to high gas prices and whether a case can still be made on toll roads, he suggested that toll roads are not the only solution. According to him, they should be provided with all the necessary tools to be in a position to enhance the performance of the toll roads. Heiligenstein remarked that in Austin, they managed to leverage public dollars into a plan that presently exceeds $1 billion in construction. Their last extension of 183A was supported by user revenue without any tax dollars.


About Mike Heiligenstein

Mike Heiligenstein is the current executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Mike has been rendering his services for the multi-modal transportation agency since 2003. Through his visionary leadership, he has been able to enhance the growth of the corporation into a nationally respected leader in matters of toll road operations. The Mobility Authority developed its initial toll road 183A under Heiligenstein’s leadership. In addition, he optimized its efficiency and executed modern technologies like all electronic tolling.


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Every prison, correction facilities, law enforcement institutes, any foundation that deals with criminals or individuals that are considered dangerous have already heard the name of Securus Technologies.

Securus Technologies is a company name that is specifically focused on finding solutions for the communication system of these correction agencies. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Because they are dealing with inmates that have criminal records, it is important to have a communication service with a big team behind it to monitor and analyze the conversations. That is why Securus is one of the primary choices for these types of services.

Richard “Rick” Smith is the CEO and former President of Securus Technologies. He is the mastermind behind many of the crucial decisions that the company makes to improve their system and achieve a better service provision.

The career of Rick Smith already began in the technological field, having acted as the President and CEO of another company, Eschelon Telecom, which is directly related to telecommunications with advanced systems. There, he earned most of his knowledge in the telecommunications field, learning what the necessities of the customers of the company were and what was missing in the services of other competitors. According to Wikipedia

This was the philosophy behind Securus Technologies. It is run by a team of telecommunication experts that noticed the lack of security in the communications provided to Departments of Corrections.

Securus is always announcing changes being made to their systems, and there is some improvement done every week. In July 2016, Richard Smith and the team announced that the company spent more than $600 million in their systems by improving their reach, the technological opportunities and developing new ways to use communication in correction agencies apart from the traditional telephone call.

Richard also lives in Dallas, Texas, very close to the company. This allows him to monitor carefully the influx of the enterprise and is close when a big decision needs to be made.

Securus Technologies has dominated the market, with over 1,000 employees and is having contracts and partnership with over 2,600 correctional agencies and prisons in the United States.

One of the many decisions that Rick Smith has personally participated in was the announcement that Securus Technologies would be branching out to different types of communication strategies to accommodate various departments with distinct philosophies. In other words, in a world will cell phones and the internet, there is a lot of potential to improve how a department of correction can allow their inmates to communicate with their families and friends.

Securus Technologies is not only helping the law enforcers. Inmates love the Securus Technologies system, and the most heard positive feedback from them was that the communication system of that company always has a bigger quality and more reach than the previous firm that was handling the telecommunications.

Rick Smith, above everyone else, understands the importance of being able to talk to your family and friends with security.

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