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.