Healthcare-v4 LTc5: Access to quality transit

  • Site selection is key

    Teams can earn a basketful of points based on the daily transit service available to your project. If your building is located in a metropolitan area with multiple modes of transportation, and has functional entries within a quarter- to half-mile walking distance of transit stops, you’re likely to achieve this credit.

    Walking distance is critical—LEED reviewers will want to see an accessible route, so don’t try to cross a highway with no crosswalks.

    Projects located in commuter hubs are not forgotten by this credit. Projects with commuter rail or ferry service only can still earn up to three points with sufficient minimum daily transit service and a walk distance of a half-mile to transit stops.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • Credit requirements have been added regarding transit service frequency that take both weekday and weekend availability into account.
    • The list of modes of transportation that qualify for transit service has been expanded to include ferry, streetcar, bus rapid transit, and rideshare.
    • In LEED for Schools, Option 2: Pedestrian Access now uses a tiered point system determined by the percentage of students living within the walkable attendance area.
    • Project access is assessed by calculating the walking distance from functional building entrances to transit service.
    • The credit now calculates point thresholds by using the quantity of transit trips within the specified walking distance of the project.
    • Private shuttles do not fulfill credit requirements.


    Would a university or corporate campus shuttle service count towards this credit?

    Transit service only includes publicly accessible modes of transportation. Transit that is fixed-route and available to general public would comply with the credit language. One that is only available to staff, students, employees or members is a private shuttle and would not com

  • LT Credit 5: Access to quality transit


    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 entryA building entryway that is designed to be used by pedestrians and is open during regular business hours. This does not include any door that is exclusively designated as an emergency exit, or a garage door that is not designed as an entrance for pedestrians. 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 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
    72 40 1
    144 108 2

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

    Weekday trips Weekend trips Points
    24 6 1
    40 8 2

    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.


Bryan Finnegan
May 24 2016
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Bus service in opposite directions

Project Location: United States

The credit requires "Qualifying transit routes must have paired route service (service in opposite directions)"

We have two transit routes that run within the required distance of an entry, but the system is set up in one direction loops (meaning the bus will not return down the same street). Is this return down the same street required to meet the "paired route service (service in opposite directions)" portion of the credit?

Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. May 24 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Bryan, does the system effectively allow commuters to travel back and forth from the project to other locations on the route?

I think the intent of the requirement has to do with avoiding one-way service where you can't go back and forth.

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