Boston – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) invites members of the public to attend an interactive event on Thursday, October 13, from 5 – 8 p.m., to help shape the MBTA’s future. The Focus40 Interactive Open House will be held at the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington Street, in Dudley Square, in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.

Focus40 is the 25-year investment plan to help position the MBTA to meet the needs of the Greater Boston region in 2040. The plan will incorporate direct input from residents and business owners concerning what they hope to see for the MBTA in the future. While the MBTA focuses every day on improving service for today’s customer, the evolving and dynamic nature of the region it serves argues for collaborative planning with the public for long-term goals. Focus40 strategies will recognize today’s infrastructure challenges and the shifting demographics, changing climate, and evolving technologies that may collectively alter the role the MBTA will play in Greater Boston in the years ahead.

The Open House will have interactive exhibits to solicit input from the public on proposed goals and on a series of potential future scenarios. The Open House will also be an opportunity for the public to provide suggestions for specific investment strategies they would like to see the MBTA pursue.

Focus40 will build off this event with a one month street team campaign to collect investment ideas directly from MBTA customers across all modes of transportation and in the entire MBTA service area. At the same time, the public will have the opportunity to provide their ideas online at www.mbtafocus40.com. In the winter and spring of 2017, there will be more public meetings to evaluate and prioritize the investment ideas received.

To learn more, please visit the Focus40 website at http://www.mbtafocus40.com. The event on October 13 at the Bolling Building is ADA accessible and is adjacent to the Dudley Square MBTA Station. For information on bus service to this station, please visit: www.mbta.com