James Bass named executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has named a new executive director. (Courtesy Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has named a new executive director. (Courtesy Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has named a new executive director. (Courtesy Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority will have a new executive director for the first time in the organization’s history,

On Jan. 27, The Mobility Authority’s board of directors approved James Bass, former executive director at the Texas Department of Transportation, to replace Mike Heiligenstein as the next leader of the organization.

Heiligenstein initially announced his intention to step down in early 2020 but stayed on longer than he expected to help the organization through COVID-19. He officially stepped down from his position Jan. 24 after serving as the Mobility Authority’s only executive director since his initial appointment in 2003.


According to his official TxDOT biography, Bass has worked for the state department since 1985. He became TxDOT’s chief financial officer in 2005 before being named executive director in 2016.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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