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Focus40 Outreach

Focus40 would not be successful without the participation of a broad range of stakeholders. Our multifaceted engagement strategy has involved customers across the MBTA service area and specifically targeted low-income populations who are often underrepresented in public processes. This process has included one-on-one conversations with customers, workshops and large public events.  

To date, we have hosted three public events and multiple stakeholder workshops.

In Fall 2016, the Focus40 Street Team spent 100 hours talking directly to customers at stops and stations throughout the system to collect ideas, ultimately reaching more than 1,500 individuals. In addition to welcoming comments through this website, the Focus40 team continues to meet with municipal leaders, the business community, transportation interest groups, and community organizations.

Currently, the Focus40 team is coordinating with MBTA staff and community stakeholders to refine a list of programs, places and policies that will become recommended investment strategies.


Internal Engagement


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Upcoming Events

The Focus40 team is currently planning our next event. We will announce it on our website and to our email list soon.

Past Events

The Ideas of March Open House

March 15, 2017
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

Participants at the Ideas of March open house
Attendees at the Ideas of March open house

The Ideas of March event highlighted the 3,000 ideas we collected to help develop a vision for how the MBTA can meet the needs of the region in 2040.

Event Materials:


Focus40 Interactive Open House

October 13, 2016
Bolling Building, Dudley Square, Boston, MA

Participants at the Interactive Open House on October 13, 2016

This Open House presented preliminary goal statements, potential future scenarios, and upcoming MBTA investments for public feedback. We also invited attendees to share their investment ideas for the T’s future.

Event Materials:

Focus40 Overview

Other Inputs into Focus40

Future Scenarios

Rider Insights and Personas

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Focus40 Kickoff Event

May 24, 2016
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

The Focus40 Kickoff event highlighted the current state of the MBTA system as well as emerging trends in the areas of technology, demographics, climate, and mobility. A panel discussion was centered around what these trends might mean for the MBTA. Over 200 people participated in this interactive open house.

Future Trends Boards


Climate Change

Demographic Shifts


State of the System Boards


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Transit Priorities Survey

Rider Insights

Transit Priorities Survey

Over 1,400 people responded to our transit priorities survey and told us how they would set their own priorities for MBTA infrastructure investments.

Key Findings from the survey:

  • Fixing the existing system is most important to survey respondents
  • Rapid Transit is where respondents would invest the largest share of funding
  • Making service more reliable is the top priority for improving existing services
  • New or extended Rapid Transit is the highest priority for providing new MBTA access for areas that are not currently served

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Rider Insights

Although we ourselves use the T everyday, we needed to get outside our own experience of the system in order to understand the values and behaviors of riders throughout the system.  We worked with Continuum, a human-centered design firm to examine the needs and desires of our customers. Continuum conducted a series of ride-alongs, intercepts, and behind-the-scenes interviews to understand the experience across all T transit modes, including the subway, bus, commuter rail, ferry, and the Ride.