In the near future, planning for transit will shift from the current ‘Manhattan as the epicenter’ model to a ‘NYC is part of a regional network’ model. New economic hubs will arise outside of Manhattan and new transportation routes that facilitate movement throughout the greater metropolitan region will be needed. Though Manhattan has long been the cultural and economic center of the region, we are seeing rising rent prices in Brooklyn and New Jersey, major companies moving headquarters out of Manhattan, population growth in outer boroughs, and initiatives by the Mayor’s office. These shifts encourage the development of new economic and cultural hubs. The transit system of NYC will need to account for and facilitate the movement of people beyond the current paradigm of into/out of Manhattan.

Hypothetical future events:

A decline in business in Manhattan results in vast amounts of empty office space; people come up with creative new uses.


Major agreement reached by the city and metro communities provides funding for a new wave of regional transit initiatives.


“Greater Metropolitan Area” definition expands as transit times collapse, and once distant cities are revitalized.


An increasingly competitive marketplace drives transit stations to focus on architecture and service to differentiate.