Path 2, Project-sponsored Transit Service has been added to recognize the benefits of developer- or employer-sponsored transit service toward reducing SOV trips and VMT impacts from the project, especially in areas where public transportation does not exist or does not provide high frequency service.
Under Step-by-Step Guidance, after the second bullet item beginning "Disregard any mention of the "commuter rail or ferry only pathyway..." insert a new bullet item: "For Path 2, follow the steps outlined below:" and then the following language:
Step 1. Select private transit service provider
Identify and hire a private transit service capable of providing transportation between the project site and external destinations (e.g., residential areas, public transportation stations). Year-round service for regular occupants and visitors at the minimum service frequency stipulated in credit requirements must be guaranteed for at least 3 years from the project’s certificate of occupancy.
Step 2. Plan private transit service
Using a site map, show the service route and regular stops. The route must include at least one transit stop with shelter within a ¼-mile walk distance from a functional entry of the project or a building lobby within 200 feet walking distance of the transit stop, as indicated in the credit requirements. Route should be designed to reduce driving trips to the project site; destinations may include residential areas and/or public transportation stations. Plan for operation with minimum service frequency indicated in the credit requirements.
Step 3. Plan rider facilities
If transit stop(s) are located more than 200 feet from building lobby, provide adequate transit shelter(s) for riders. For a building lobby within 200 feet of transit stops that will be used as a qualifying waiting area, ensure adequate space is available for waiting riders.
Step 4. Establish guaranteed ride home program
Design a qualifying program that provides a guaranteed ride home for employees who have taken transit, carpooled, waked, or bicycled to work but require alternative transportation home for emergencies or unscheduled overtime. The program may utilize taxi, ridehailing service, or company vehicles. A guaranteed ride home policy must be maintained that specifies the following, at a minimum:
-Maximum number of uses
-Responsibility for program administration
-Procedures for using the program, including any necessary forms for registration and/or reimbursement
Source: Adapted from “Guaranteed Ride Home: A Backup for Commuters Who Use Alternative Modes.” Victoria Transportation Policy Institute (VTPI). https://vtpi.org/tdm/tdm18.htm
Under Further Explanation, after the Example section, insert "Required Documentation" and then the following language:
For Path 2. Project-sponsored transit service, the following documentation is required:
-Map showing planned route, including transit stop(s) on project site with distances from functional entries, and off-site destinations. Include a description of off-site destinations.
-Schedule of year-round service, including service frequency (total trips per day)
-Guaranteed ride home policy