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Focus 40 InviteMassDOT and the MBTA will kick off development of a long-term investment plan for the MBTA at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 24. Known as Focus40, the effort looks ahead at how the MBTA can serve the people of Greater Boston in the future.

The launch begins with an Open House at 5 p.m., and will feature a series of interactive stations where participants can learn about the MBTA’s current conditions and the emerging trends that may impact Greater Boston by the year 2040.

An interactive panel discussion will take place between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will open the discussion, followed by comments from a panel of future thinkers who will focus on what climate change, demographics, mobility and technology trends might mean for the MBTA in the year 2040. The discussion will engage a broad spectrum of MBTA customers and stakeholders on these issues.

Ted Landsmark will serve as the event moderator. Mr. Landsmark is a Board Member of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and President Emeritus, Boston Architectural College. The panel includes:

David Chang- Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Harvard Business School
Arthur Jemison- Former Deputy Undersecretary, MA Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Director of Housing and Revitalization, City of Detroit
Lee Moreau- Architect turned Strategist, Principal, Continuum (“The Future Made Real”)
Geeta Pradhan- Co-Developer, Boston Indicators Project, President, Cambridge Community Foundation
Julie Wormser- Climate Change Specialist, VP for Policy and Planning, Boston Harbor Now

The Curry Student Center is located at 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston and is accessible from the Orange Line, (Ruggles Station), and the Green Line (Northeastern Station).

For more information, visit the Focus40 website at

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