The above image depicts the main entrance of the South train station.

Future Scenarios

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.


Trends

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.

Mobility Trends

Will More Options Impact Ridership?

Will More Options Impact Ridership?

 
 

Climate Change Trends

Sea Level Rise- Back To The Future?

Sea Level Rise- Back To The Future?

What Does It Mean For The MBTA?

What Does It Mean For The MBTA?

What Does It Mean For The Region?

What Does It Mean For The Region?

 

Demographic Trends

How Will The MBTA Serve A Growing Urban Core?

How Will The MBTA Serve A Growing Urban Core?

Will Lower-Income Populations Have Less Access To Transit?

Will Lower-Income Populations Have Less Access To Transit?

How Will Transit Needs Change As We Age?

How Will Transit Needs Change As We Age?

 

Technology Trends

The answer to all of our problems?

 
 

2040 Trends

These Trends were exhibited at our Open House event in October.

These Trends were exhibited at our Open House event in October.