Capital Investment Plan
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The MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) is a short-term, financially constrained investment program that funds the planning, construction, and capital maintenance of assets across the MBTA. It is a rolling five-year plan, updated annually in coordination with MassDOT and the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The CIP includes over 500 unique capital projects. These investments aim to maintain a state of good repair, modernize our assets, expand service, and meet our strategic priorities and performance goals. It is informed by the Transit Asset Management Plan, the 2019 Safety Review Panel Report, and by long-term plans such as Focus40 and Rail Vision.
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Capital Investment Plans by Fiscal Year
The CIP is usually a roadmap of proposed investments for the next five years. However, given the unprecedented economic challenges facing the Commonwealth as we address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this CIP is a one-year plan.
Consistent with MassDOT's approach, the Fiscal Year 2021 CIP is a "maintenance of effort" plan that reflects our current realities while continuing to improve the reliability, safety, and resiliency of our transportation infrastructure. It focuses on continuing investments already underway as well as those that had been planned to start in Fiscal Year 2021.
When the state and federal funding picture becomes clearer, we will begin developing a full five-year capital plan for 2022 – 2026.
Each spring, MassDOT conducts public meetings throughout the Commonwealth to share the proposed CIP and request public comment. If you cannot attend a meeting, MassDOT also welcomes comments through mail, email, or the online comment tool. The annual public comment period for the CIP typically opens in May and closes in June of each year.
Meetings for the Fiscal Year 2021 CIP were conducted virtually as allowed by Governor Baker's Executive Order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law dated March 12, 2020. The virtual meetings were recorded and are available for viewing on the Commonwealth’s website.