Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Hardy Street Toll Road Controversy Collection RG.F.0018

Descriptive Summary

Creator Hardy Toll Road Metropolitan Organization
Title: Hardy Street Toll Road Controversy Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1979-1983
Dates: 1969-1983, 1979-1983
Identification: RG.F.0018
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet, 1 document box; approximately 235 items.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

To alleviate traffic congestion on the north side of Houston, in 1980 the Texas Turnpike Authority developed a plan to build a toll road along Hardy Road. Residents of the neighborhoods through which the highway was to be built objected. They felt the highway would destroy their neighborhoods, increase air pollution, add to parking problems downtown, and would benefit only people commuting to downtown from the suburbs. Opposition to the toll road was led by The Metropolitan Organization, a multiethnic community organization made up of over 60 churches in the Houston area. Many of those opposed to the toll road plan instead favored the development of a mass transit system based on rail traffic. The Hardy Toll Road was authorized by Houston voters in 1983 and completed in 1988.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of files created by The Metropolitan Organization. The files were arranged topically. The original organization has for the most part been kept.


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Index Terms

Hardy Toll Road (Houston, Tex.).
Metropolitan Organization, The (Houston, Tex.).
Community organization--Texas--Houston
Political activists--Texas--Houston
Railroads, Local and light--Texas--Houston
Toll roads--Texas--Houston
Traffic congestion--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hardy Street Toll Road Controversy Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Brian McCann, September 1983

Processing Information

Processed by: Andrew Hempe, April 2000

Detailed Description of the Collection


Toll Road Controversy

Box Folder
1 2 Meeting notes, 1982
3 Meeting notes, 1983
4 Report: “A Concept for an Urban Transit System for Houston, Texas, Using Existing Tracks," September 16, 1969
5 MTA Budget. Reports: “Regional Transit Capital Improvement Program," “Plan of Financing for the Regional Transit Capital Improvement Program," “Capital Budget Summary by Funding Source."
6 Position paper by The Metropolitan Organization on the Hardy Street Corridor.
7 Rail Transit – D. C. Trip. Notes, correspondence, and news clippings regarding trip of representatives of The Metropolitan Organization to Washington, D. C.
8 Report: “The North Corridor and Hardy Road."
9 Harris County Air Pollution. Report, abstract.
10 Schedule of action taken by The Metropolitan Organization, 1980 – 1981
11 Correspondence, 1980
12 Correspondence, 1981 – 1982
13 Correspondence, 1983
14 Speeches. Includes pamphlet.
15 Report: “Analysis of Financing Risks of the Hardy Toll Road System."
16 Report: "Economic Development Strategies for Revitalizing Houston’s Fifth Ward: A Feasibility Study."
17 T. C. Jester – Watonga. Memos, opinions regarding proposed extension of T. C. Jester Boulevard and Watonga Boulevard.
18 Press releases.
19 Feasibility studies: Houston toll roads and Hardy Toll Road.
20 News clippings, 1980
21 News clippings, 1982
22 News clippings, 1983
23 News clippings, 1979-1983
24 Miscellaneous Metropolitan Organization materials.
25 Election sign: “Yes For Houston Bus & Rail."

Box Folder
1 1 Harris County Toll Roads.
Scope and Contents note
Contains miscellaneous items relating to toll road bonds.