The above image depicts the main entrance of the South train station.
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.
Climate Change Trends
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, and changing preferences are largely out of the MBTA’s control. To better plan for 2040, we want to look at multiple potential scenarios. The best investment ideas would be those that better meet our goals across multiple scenarios.
Click through the images below to view the future scenario boards used at our public event in October.