Meet the Team
The MoPac Improvement Project is a Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) project. The Mobility Authority is an independent government agency created in 2002 to improve the transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties. Our mission is to implement innovative, multi-modal transportation solutions that reduce congestion and create transportation choices that enhance quality of life and economic vitality. To learn more about the Mobility Authority, please visit our website.
The Mobility Authority has assigned Steve Pustelnyk as Director of Community Relations for the project. Steve is a former news reporter and has worked in the transportation industry since 1994. He helped lead the Environmental Study for the project and will be dedicated to working with the community throughout the design and construction process.
CH2M HILL is an international engineering and construction firm headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. The firm was among seven that competed for the right to design and construct the MoPac Improvement Project. CH2M HILL was hired following an extensive competitive review process. The company has agreed to complete the project by late 2015.
CH2M HILL has assigned Carla Mykytiuk and Russ Keene to support the Community Outreach effort on the project.
Carla Mykytiuk – Public Involvement Specialist, CH2M: Carla has more than 15 years of experience as a public involvement specialist and environmental planner for highway, bridge and environmental projects. She will work with the MoPac Improvement Project construction team to provide updated project information, to get answers to your project related questions, and to help address any construction related concerns you may have.
Russ Keene – Vice President, Crossnore Group: Russ is an experienced public relations specialist who has spent much of his 25 year career in the Austin area. He has extensive contacts within the community’s political leadership, and is proficient in handling controversial and demanding issues. He has developed Public Information programs for five state agencies, including TxDOT. He is supported by Crossnore’s experienced staff of PR professionals.
The MoPac Improvement Project has been developed in partnership with a number of other government agencies in Central Texas including the Texas Department of Transportation, the City of Austin and Capital Metro. You can find out more about our project partners below:
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) uses federal funds combined with state gas tax revenue and other funding sources to implement the statewide transportation program. TxDOT oversees more than 100,000 lane miles of state roads and is responsible for most major transportation projects in the state including operation and maintenance of the interstate highway system. TxDOT is responsible for the MoPac corridor and is allowing the Mobility Authority to build and operate the new Express Lanes under a Project Development Agreement (PDA).
City of Austin
The City of Austin is responsible for building, maintaining and operating of city streets. The City also has the primary authority for regulating land use and development along transportation corridors, including the MoPac Expressway.
Capital Metro is the main transit agency serving the Austin metro area, providing bus, vanpool and carpool coordination services. The agency currently operates a commuter rail system that runs from downtown Austin to Leander. In addition to the rail service, Capital Metro offers commuters both local and express bus service in and around the Austin metro area. To better serve express bus riders, Capital Metro is adjusting routes and enhancing connections that travel the MoPac corridor to take advantage of the uncongested travel and enhanced reliability of service the MoPac Improvement Project will provide.
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is the regional transportation planning organization for Central Texas including Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. CAMPO was established under federal law in 1973 and is governed by a Transportation Policy Board (CAMPO Board) comprised of regional and local officials. The purpose of CAMPO is to coordinate regional transportation planning with counties, cities, Capital Metro, the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS), TxDOT, the Mobility Authority and other transportation providers in the region and to approve the use of federal transportation funds within the region.