Destination 2050: The Long-Range Transportation Plan for the Boston Region

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Destination 2050 logoThe Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) establishes a vision for the Boston region’s transportation system and guides both capital investments and research studies to support that vision. The current LRTP, Destination 2050, was endorsed by the MPO board on July 20, 2023. Based on federal funding forecasts, Destination 2050 prioritizes funds to address existing and anticipated mobility needs identified in the MPO’s Needs Assessment.

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Executive Summary (PDF) Executive Summary (HTML) 

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Destination 2050 Needs Assessment

A row of nine thumbnail photos labeled with illegible text, showing an exterior Green line stop, a bus in a bus lane, an Orange line car interior with seated riders, three pedestrians in a crosswalk in front of stopped cars, an aerial view of a Red line train crossing the Charles River, a streetscape with a shuttle bus and signboard, workers in safety vests closing a subway portal flood door, children playing with large soap bubbles in an urban park, and a handful of passengers waiting at a stop for an approaching bus.

The LRTP includes regionally significant projects that are expected to begin construction in the next 10 years and describes the MPO’s investment programs:

  • Complete Streets
  • Major Infrastructure
  • Intersection Improvements
  • Bicycle Network and Pedestrian Connections
  • Community Connections
  • Transit Transformation
  • Bikeshare Support

Throughout the development of Destination 2050, the MPO staff engaged stakeholders to solicit feedback, including the Regional Transportation Advisory Council, municipalities in the Boston region, transportation agencies, community organizations, advocates, and other members of the public.

The MPO implements its vision and goals by funding projects through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and conducting studies through the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). This work includes adopting new policies for prioritizing projects and selection criteria that reflect these goals and creating new funding programs to address needs, such as first- and last-mile connections. The MPO also studies issue areas identified in the LRTP, such as climate resiliency.

Next Steps

The MPO will work on developing its next LRTP, which will go into effect in 2027.

Additional Resources

What is the LRTP? (PDF) What is the LRTP? (HTML)
¿Qué es Destination 2050? (PDF)
O que é o Destination 2050? (PDF)
Kisa Destinasyon 2050 lan ye? (PDF)
Destination 2050 là gì? (PDF)
“Big Ideas focus group”
Vision, Goals, Objectives “Planning Framework” (PDF) Vision, Goals, Objectives “Planning Framework” (HTML)
Destination 2040 
Archive of previous plans