The above image depicts the main entrance of the South train station.
Infrastructure improvements we make today must serve the needs of future MBTA riders. The Focus40 process considers what the world will be like in 2040. While we can make educated guesses about the future – and actively work to influence certain mechanisms for change – we can never be certain about what the future may hold. The speed and adoption of technology, the impact of climate change, municipal land use policies, demographic shifts, and mobility preferences (so-called “trends,” see below) are largely out of the MBTA’s control. To better plan for 2040, we are looking at multiple potential scenarios. The best investment strategies will meet our goals across multiple future scenarios.
Any infrastructure planned today must serve the needs of future riders. The Focus40 process must consider the world within which the MBTA will operate in 2040.
As part of Focus40, we explored emerging trends and discussed their potential impacts on the MBTA with stakeholders at the Focus40 Kickoff event in May and the Open House in October. Click through the images below to see a sampling of the future trend boards used at these events.