To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.
Option 1: Rail station, bus rapid transit station & ferry terminal proximity
Locate the project within 1/2-mile (800 meter) walking distance (measured from a main building entrance) of an existing or planned and funded commuter rail, light rail, subway station bus rapid transit1 station or commuter ferry terminal.
Option 2: Bus stop proximity
Locate the project within 1/4-mile (400 meter) walking distance (measured from a main building entrance) of 1 or more stops for 2 or more public, campus, or private bus lines usable by building occupants.
A bus system may count as 1 of these lines.
Option 3: Pedestrian access
Show that the project school has an attendance boundary such that at least 80% of students live within no more than 3/4-mile walking distance for grades 8 and below, and 1 1/2-mile walking distance for grades 9 and above. In addition, locate the project on a site that allows pedestrian access to the site from all residential neighborhoods that house the planned student population.
Option 4. Rideshare proximity
Projects outside the U.S. may locate the project within 1/4-mile (400-meter) walking distance (measured from a main building entrance) of 1 or more stops for 2 or more existing rideshare options that that meet the definition of public transportation and are authorized by the local transit authority if one exists.
For all options, provide dedicated walking or biking lanes to the transit lines that extend from the school building at least to the end of the school property in 2 or more directions without any barriers (e.g., fences) on school property.
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