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Schools – New Construction

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Access to Quality Transit

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Schools-NC-v4.1 LTc5: Access to quality transit 1-4 points

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Marilyn Specht

Integral group
Sr. Sustainability Consultant, Associate

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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

Option 1. Transit-Served Location (1–4 points)

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, or commuter ferry terminals. The transit service at those stops and stations 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.

  • For each qualifying transit route, only trips in one direction 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.
Table 1. Minimum daily transit service for projects with one or more transit types (bus, streetcar, rail, or ferry)

Weekday trips Points
72 1
144 2
250 3
360 4

Projects served by two or more transit routes such that no one route provides more than 60% of the prescribed levels may earn one additional point, up to the maximum number of points.

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.

OR

Option 2. Pedestrian Access (1–4 points)

Show that the project has an attendance boundary such that the specified percentages of dwelling units are within no more than a 3/4-mile (1200-meter) walking distance (for grades 8 and below, or ages 14 and below), and 1 1/2-mile (2400-meter) walking distance (for grades 9 and above or ages 15 and above) of a functional entry of a school building. Points are awarded according to Table 2.

Table 2. Points for dwelling units within walking distance

Percentage of dwelling units in attendance boundary Points
50% 1
60% 2
70% or more 4

In addition, locate the project on a site that allows pedestrian access to the site from all residential areas in the attendance boundary.

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LEEDuser expert

Marilyn Specht

Integral group
Sr. Sustainability Consultant, Associate

USGBC logo

© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

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

Option 1. Transit-Served Location (1–4 points)

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, or commuter ferry terminals. The transit service at those stops and stations 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.

  • For each qualifying transit route, only trips in one direction 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.
Table 1. Minimum daily transit service for projects with one or more transit types (bus, streetcar, rail, or ferry)

Weekday trips Points
72 1
144 2
250 3
360 4

Projects served by two or more transit routes such that no one route provides more than 60% of the prescribed levels may earn one additional point, up to the maximum number of points.

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.

OR

Option 2. Pedestrian Access (1–4 points)

Show that the project has an attendance boundary such that the specified percentages of dwelling units are within no more than a 3/4-mile (1200-meter) walking distance (for grades 8 and below, or ages 14 and below), and 1 1/2-mile (2400-meter) walking distance (for grades 9 and above or ages 15 and above) of a functional entry of a school building. Points are awarded according to Table 2.

Table 2. Points for dwelling units within walking distance

Percentage of dwelling units in attendance boundary Points
50% 1
60% 2
70% or more 4

In addition, locate the project on a site that allows pedestrian access to the site from all residential areas in the attendance boundary.

LEEDuser expert

Marilyn Specht

Integral group
Sr. Sustainability Consultant, Associate

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