Destination 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

Destination 2040 will be the next 20-year transportation plan to meet the needs of the Boston region.

How would you improve the Boston region’s transportation system? That’s the question at the heart of the MPO’s preparations for Destination 2040, which the MPO expects to adopt in the spring of 2019.

Every four years, the MPO identifies the system’s strengths and weaknesses; forecasts changes in population, employment, and land use; and creates a plan to address existing and future mobility needs. The resulting long-range transportation plan (LRTP) allocates funding for major projects in the Boston region and guides the MPO’s funding of capital investment programs and studies.

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Note: Charting Progress to 2040, the current LRTP, will remain active until the MPO finalizes Destination 2040.  

Timeline. Federal fiscal year 2015: create a plan, Charting Progress to 2040. Federal fiscal years 2016 through 2019: implement plan through projects, studies, and technical analyses. Federal fiscal years 2017 through 2018: identify the region's transportation needs. Federal fiscal year 2018: revisit vision, goals, and objectives. Federal fiscal years 2018 through 2019: prioritize investments. Federal fiscal year 2019: create a plan, Destination 2040.

Graphic showing time line described in preceding text.

What’s Happening Now?

Over the last year, MPO staff has been updating the Needs Assessment for Destination 2040. At the MPO’s meeting on November 15, 2018, staff presented the Draft Needs Assessment Summary and Recommendations memorandum (html) to the MPO board. This document informed the MPO board’s discussion about revisions to the existing vision, goals, and objectives of the LRTP, which are detailed in another memorandum titled Proposed Changes to Existing Vision, Goals, and Objectives (html). The MPO board is now accepting comments on both of these documents.


Do the topics covered in the Draft Needs Assessment memorandum address all of your transportation needs? Do the proposed changes to the vision, goals, and objectives of the LRTP address the concerns of your community?

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Anne McGahan, MPO staff, at 857.702.3676 or