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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v4 - LEED v4

Access to quality transit

Possible 5 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.


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, light or heavy rail stations, commuter rail stations or ferry terminals. The transit service at those stops and stations in aggregate 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.

Both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met.

  • 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 Weekend trips Points BD&C
(except Core and Shell)
Points BD&C (Core and shell) Points ID&C
72 40 1 1 2
144 108 3 3 5
360 216 5 6 7

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

Weekday trips Weekend trips Points (all projects)
24 6 1
40 8 2
60 12 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 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.

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