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LEED BD+C: Schools | v4 - LEED v4

Access to quality transit

Possible 4 points


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.


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 rideshare stops, or within a ½-mile (800-meter) walking distance of existing or planned bus rapid transit stops, light or heavy rail stations, commuter rail stations or ferry terminals. The transit service at those stops and stations must meet the minimums listed in Tables 1 and 2. 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.

  • Qualifying transit routes must have paired route service (service in opposite directions).
  • 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 multiple transit types (bus, streetcar, rail, or ferry)

Weekday trips Points
72 1
144 2
360 4

Table 2. Minimum daily transit service for projects with commuter rail or ferry service only

Weekday trips Points
24 1
40 2
60 3

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 3 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.


Option 2. Pedestrian access (1–4 points)

Show that the project has an attendance boundary such that the specified percentages of students live 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 3.

Table 3. Points for student population within walking distance

Percentage of students 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 neighborhoods that house the planned student population.

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