Transportation & Infrastructure
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is reimagining what it means to oversee roads and bridges by looking beyond fixing potholes to the future of green, comprehensive, and equitable transportation infrastructure.
Key accomplishments include:
Fought for better transit options. Recognizing the need for innovative transit-oriented solutions instead of just wider highways, Judge Hidalgo fought to address community concerns about the widening of I-45 and will work with METRO to implement the new METROnext bond initiative. Additionally, the County is performing the first-ever countywide mobility needs assessment to ensure that future transportation development is coordinated, multimodal, and serves the needs of all Harris County residents.
Fixed the way we allocate transportation dollars. Rather than continuing to spend transportation dollars in silos created by county precincts, we are shifting to a comprehensive countywide approach to build world-class and equitable transportation infrastructure.
Expanded “Tow and Go” across Harris County to reduce traffic congestion and secondary crashes by removing stalled vehicles from freeways for no cost to the driver. The service expanded from 175 miles of coverage to 245 miles of coverage through most of Harris County, including the unincorporated areas.
Reformed the way the county allocates transportation dollars by replacing the outmoded ad hoc precinct-by-precinct system with a comprehensive county-wide approach intended to ensure better regional planning, effectiveness, and transparency.