The futureMBTA was my beginning into making maps and understanding transit. I started drawing these maps as a way to visually represent the proposed subway extensions I had read about online. I started these in 2004 and many represent my first forays into making maps. As such many of these maps are crude and contain errors. But the basics are all there. The futureMBTA is really why this entire site exists and though I have moved on to other projects it will remain close to my heart. Much of the content was written when I was first researching the MBTA and Boston transit history in the mid 2000s. Much has changed since then and my plans have evolved as I learned more and talked to people about my ideas. Every once and a while I might write a new proposal but I want to keep the original project around for posterity.
The first maps are ones that are made to look like the current T map. These are the first maps I made and the inspiration for this website. There are a few errors in each as I usually made these at 1 in the morning. I don’t plan on fixing them so don’t bother pointing them out. I am going to keep them the way they are to see how I progress in my map making skills.
Future System Map 1: This is an MBTA future system map showing the extensions of the Green Line to Forest Hills and to Mattapan via Dudley Sq.
Future System Map 2: This is an MBTA future system map showing the extensions of the Green Line from the previous map with the extension of the Blue Line to West Medford.
Future System Map 3: This is a MBTA future system map showing the extensions of the Green and Blue Lines from the previous maps along with the addition of the Indigo Line to Readville.
Future System Map 4: This is a MBTA future system map showing the extensions of the Green Line south from the previous maps, along with the Indigo Line, but also the extension of the Green Line to West Medford and the Blue Line to Charles/MGH.
Future System Map 5: This is a MBTA future system map that shows the extensions from the previous maps but adds the Urban Ring from Wellington station to Dudley Sq.
Future System Map 6: This is a MBTA future system map with all extensions from the previous maps but expands the Urban Ring to Logan Airport, City Point in South Boston, and to UMass Boston in Dorchester.
Future System Map 7: This is a MBTA future system map which shows every extension listed in the Project for Mass Transit report in 2003, when this was made. Along with the extensions from the previous maps this map includes the Orange Line to Reading, Needham, and Route 128, the Green Line to Needham, the Blue Line to Salem, and the Red Line to Route 128 in Lexington.
2050 Future System Map: This last map I made for an article for Boston Magazine, though it was only featured on their website (that is no longer there).