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Access to Quality Transit

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NC-v4.1 LTc5: Access to quality transit 1-5 points

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Intent

To encourage development in locations shown to have multimodal transportation choices or otherwise reduced motor vehicle use, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and other environmental and public health harms associated with motor vehicle use.

Requirements

Path 1. Access to Public Transit Service
Locate any functional entry of the project within a ¼-mile (400-meter) walking distance of existing or planned bus, streetcar, or informal transit stops, or within a ½-mile (800-meter) walking distance of existing or planned bus rapid transit stops, passenger rail stations (i.e. light, heavy, or commuter rail) or commuter ferry terminals. The transit service at those stops and stations in aggregate must meet the minimums listed in Table 1. Planned stops and stations may count if they are sited, funded, and under construction by the date of the certificate of occupancy and are complete within 24 months of that date. Both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met.
  • For each qualifying transit route, only trips in one direction are counted towards the threshold.
  • For weekend trips, only trips on the day with the higher number of trips are counted towards the threshold.
  • If a qualifying transit route has multiple stops within the required walking distance, only trips from one stop are counted towards the threshold.
  • Privately-run shuttles are only acceptable if the service is also made available to the public.
Table 1. Minimum daily transit service
Weekday trips Weekend trips Points BD&C (except Core and Shell) Points BD&C (Core and Shell) Points ID&C
72 30 1 1 2
100 70 2 2 3
144 108 3 3 5
250 160 4 4 6
360 216 5 6 7
If existing transit service is temporarily rerouted outside the required distances for less than two years, the project may meet the requirements, provided the local transit agency has committed to restoring the routes with service at or above the prior level.
Path 2. Access to Project-sponsored Transit Service
Commit to providing year-round transit service (vans, shuttles, buses) for regular occupants and visitors that meets the minimums listed in Table 2, Service must be guaranteed for at least 3 years from the project’s certificate of occupancy. Within the project boundary, provide at least one transit stop shelter at each transit stop within a ¼-mile (400-meter) walking distance from a functional entry of the project. A building lobby is allowed instead of shelter if the transit stop is visible from inside and located no greater than 200 feet (60 meters) walking distance from the transit stop.
  • For each qualifying transit route, total trips (inbound and outbound) are counted towards the threshold.
  • If a qualifying transit route has multiple stops within the required walking distance, only trips from one stop are counted towards the threshold.
  • Only directly accessible trips within the specified distances are allowed. Trips available from connected transit facilities do not contribute to the minimum trips under Path 2.
Table 2. Minimum daily project-sponsored transit service
Total Daily Trips | Points
30 | 1
45 | 2
Provide a guaranteed ride home program for employees who have carpooled, taken transit, walked, or cycled to work but require alternative transportation home for emergencies or unscheduled overtime. See all forum discussions about this credit »

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Intent

To encourage development in locations shown to have multimodal transportation choices or otherwise reduced motor vehicle use, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and other environmental and public health harms associated with motor vehicle use.

Requirements

Path 1. Access to Public Transit Service
Locate any functional entry of the project within a ¼-mile (400-meter) walking distance of existing or planned bus, streetcar, or informal transit stops, or within a ½-mile (800-meter) walking distance of existing or planned bus rapid transit stops, passenger rail stations (i.e. light, heavy, or commuter rail) or commuter ferry terminals. The transit service at those stops and stations in aggregate must meet the minimums listed in Table 1. Planned stops and stations may count if they are sited, funded, and under construction by the date of the certificate of occupancy and are complete within 24 months of that date. Both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met.
  • For each qualifying transit route, only trips in one direction are counted towards the threshold.
  • For weekend trips, only trips on the day with the higher number of trips are counted towards the threshold.
  • If a qualifying transit route has multiple stops within the required walking distance, only trips from one stop are counted towards the threshold.
  • Privately-run shuttles are only acceptable if the service is also made available to the public.
Table 1. Minimum daily transit service
Weekday trips Weekend trips Points BD&C (except Core and Shell) Points BD&C (Core and Shell) Points ID&C
72 30 1 1 2
100 70 2 2 3
144 108 3 3 5
250 160 4 4 6
360 216 5 6 7
If existing transit service is temporarily rerouted outside the required distances for less than two years, the project may meet the requirements, provided the local transit agency has committed to restoring the routes with service at or above the prior level.
Path 2. Access to Project-sponsored Transit Service
Commit to providing year-round transit service (vans, shuttles, buses) for regular occupants and visitors that meets the minimums listed in Table 2, Service must be guaranteed for at least 3 years from the project’s certificate of occupancy. Within the project boundary, provide at least one transit stop shelter at each transit stop within a ¼-mile (400-meter) walking distance from a functional entry of the project. A building lobby is allowed instead of shelter if the transit stop is visible from inside and located no greater than 200 feet (60 meters) walking distance from the transit stop.
  • For each qualifying transit route, total trips (inbound and outbound) are counted towards the threshold.
  • If a qualifying transit route has multiple stops within the required walking distance, only trips from one stop are counted towards the threshold.
  • Only directly accessible trips within the specified distances are allowed. Trips available from connected transit facilities do not contribute to the minimum trips under Path 2.
Table 2. Minimum daily project-sponsored transit service
Total Daily Trips | Points
30 | 1
45 | 2
Provide a guaranteed ride home program for employees who have carpooled, taken transit, walked, or cycled to work but require alternative transportation home for emergencies or unscheduled overtime.

LEEDuser expert

Marilyn Specht

Integral group
Sr. Sustainability Consultant, Associate

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