Public transit is a rapidly growing sector and a critical component of physical infrastructure around the world. It has tremendous potential for positive global impact through energy and water savings, and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing a lower-emissions alternative to driving, promoting more compact land use patterns and minimizing the carbon footprint of transit operations and construction.
At USGBC, we believe it should be a priority to accelerate global adaptation of sustainability and green building standards for transit projects, and the LEED Transit rating systems will help achieve that goal.
Using the LEED framework for Building Design and Construction and for Operations and Maintenance, the LEED Transit rating systems were developed with valuable input from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. in India (DMRC), Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. Ltd. for China (Shentong), and Shanghai Green City Architectural Technology Co., Ltd.
LEED v4 Building Design and Construction: Transit Stations
Understanding the global importance of transit, USGBC developed LEED certification standards for new transit stations. The LEED BD+C:Transit Stations rating system was developed by analyzing the LEED v4 Building Design and Construction rating system and integrating best practices from international projects and transit practitioners.
LEED v4 Operations and Maintenance: Transit
Based on the LEED v4 Building Operations and Maintenance rating system, LEED O+M: Transit focuses on transit station performance in the key areas of human health, energy, water, waste and transportation by using Arc—a groundbreaking tool that measures, monitors and scores transit station performance.
The rating system incorporates the base requirements as well as added strategies that support the traditional pathway to LEED certification. This approach provides transit across the globe with a track to transformation.
View the most recent version of the LEED v4 O+M: Transit Guide.