NC-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.

    FAQs

    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

    Intent

    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.

    Requirements

    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 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.

Design Submittal

PencilDocumentation for this credit can be part of a Design Phase submittal.

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Raphael Sperry Senior Consultant Arup
Aug 04 2017
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2 or 4 points?

Anyone know why you can get 3 points for 144/108 weeday/weekend trips, and 5 for 360/216, but not 4 for 252/162, or 2 points if between teh thresholds for 1 and 3?

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Samantha Varela Sustainability Team Sequil Systems
Jul 27 2017
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Rideshare Bike Rentals

Project Location: United States

Hi,

My project is located within 1/4 mile (400 meter) walking distance of a Citi Bike Rental station that when at full capacity holds 14 bikes. Would this be considered ride share? If so, how I would I got about inputting "weekday/weekend trips"?

P.S. It is also conveniently located within a few feet of a bus stop if that helps.

Thanks,

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nancy picard
Jul 12 2017
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small community adjustment

Project Location: Canada

For LEED 2009, there was CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide 431 from the CaGBC that adjusted frequency for communities under 50,000 people. Is there a similar adjustment acceptable for LEED v4? Have lesser trips been accepted for small communities?
Thanks for any and all input!

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager, YR&G Jul 20 2017 LEEDuser Expert 6063 Thumbs Up

Hi Nancy, I can't seem to find anything that suggests something similar is available for v4 projects at this time. It might be worth requesting a new CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide.

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nancy picard Jul 21 2017 LEEDuser Member 88 Thumbs Up

Hi Trista, thanks for getting back to me, really appreciated! It's annoying having to renew previous CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide, but I guess that's the way it goes now. I'll keep you posted!

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager, YR&G Jul 21 2017 LEEDuser Expert 6063 Thumbs Up

Great, good luck!

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Rita Haberman Brightworks
Jul 11 2017
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Commuter Rail

Hi all, what qualifies transit options as having commuter service only? My project is located near a train station that is mainly used for commuting, but we also have 2 bus lines with about 30 trips per day each. We are 2 total trips short for weekend service to achieve any points using the main option. Since the train is primarily for commuters, can we go with option 2 for commuter rail only? It just seems so difficult to achieve this credit when we have a majorly used commuter rail and 2 bus lines but not enough trips.

Can you fall into option 2 ONLY if there is commuter rail, or does having a couple bus lines automatically disqualify us and therefore we cannot achieve any points?

Thanks!

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Lindsey Flanagan stok
Jul 06 2017
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Public Shuttle to Ferry/Rail

Project Location: United States

I know private shuttles do not count, and the LEED credit language emphasizes walking distance; however, can you count the trips at a ferry station and train station that are accessible through publically available shuttles that pick up/drop off within 1/2 mile walking distance of the project site and are only used to shuttle people between dense office development and public transit? I believe this still supports the intent of this credit by having people take public transit instead of driving. Thanks for any insight!

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Hanh Truong Green Building Consultant Artelia
Jun 05 2017
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Providing private buses

Project Location: Vietnam

LEED 2009 allowed the use of private shuttle buses in the achievement of SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation if "Shuttle buses should provide direct access to transit facilities within 2 miles of the project site, approximately a 5-10 minute drive, and must be available to all project occupants."

My question is that can we earn point by providing private shuttle buses under LEED V4 LTcredit Access to Quality Transit? if not, which credit should we aim to comply by this shuttle offer?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Jun 09 2017 LEEDuser Moderator

Hanh, see our credit guidance on this page: private shuttles do not count for this credit. Nor is there another credit that they could count toward, except, very indirectly, reduced parking footprintParking footprint refers to the area of the project site occupied by the parking areas and structures..

If you should do an existing buildings certification or Arc down the road, your performance score will benefit.

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Hanh Truong Green Building Consultant , Artelia Jul 11 2017 Guest 20 Thumbs Up

Hi Tristan,
Thank you for your kind support

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Subrota Roy ECORAY Sustainability & Design
May 25 2017
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Access to quality transit

Hi, I want to know clearly what is Access to quality transit? Also how can i achieved this credit point for LEED NC v4.

Pls share with me compliance path,what type of documentation needed? If any sample calculation, any example pls send me

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Karin Miller Senior Sustainability Manager, YR&G Jun 08 2017 Guest 774 Thumbs Up

Subrota -

Access to quality transit is defined in the credit requirements in the tab above.

Documentation will be similar to LEED v2009, review the documentation toolkit examples here: http://www.leeduser.com/credit/NC-2009/SSc4.1#doc-tab

Hope that helps!
Karin

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Sara Zoumbaris Sustainable Design Consulting
Apr 10 2017
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Amtrak and Megabus

Project Location: United States

Our project is shy of the second weekend trip threshold (108) by 1-ride. We are within walking distance of Amtrak, which has regularly scheduled pickups at our location twice a day. It is unclear however whether Amtrak is an accepted mode of Quality Transit, and if so, which category Amtrak would be considered as (Light Rail, Heavy Rail, Commuter Rail)? In addition, would a Mega-Bus system (similar to Amtrak, but in bus form) be an acceptable form of Quality Transit? Thank You.

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Apr 19 2017 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Hi Sara, I don't have experience using Amtrak or Megabus for this credit but it seems reasonable to me. Perhaps the Megabus has a greater potential to be approved assuming it offers more frequent trips? Perhaps it is worth contacting GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). just to confirm for sure?

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Kristina Bach Sustainability Specialist, HGA Architects and Engineers Apr 19 2017 LEEDuser Member 2755 Thumbs Up

I'm wondering if the distance/time on Megabus or Amtrak to the next major stop would also matter too? Thinking about if you were in DC and your next stop was Baltimore (~1 hour), I think that would definitely count as you could commute on that route. If you were in Minneapolis, however, and your next stop was Madison (~5 hours), then I don't know if I think it should count (or at least maybe not for M-F for an office).

I think you have a stronger case since you're just trying to count it for the weekend service as you could argue it's available to cut down passenger cars on vacations. But I could see them having problems with it (thinking about it conversely: my walking distance from work to Amtrak/Megabus doesn't really matter for the weekends if I work M-F and so then wouldn't be at work to then be able to walk to the train. I would be driving/taxing to the train anyway in that case...).

I think this is so subjective that I think you almost have to contact GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). for a better confirmation. I'd be very curious to hear what they say though, so please update us!

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Apr 19 2017 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Excellent points, Kristina!! Yes, please keep us posted, Sara!

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Rita Haberman Brightworks Jul 21 2017 LEEDuser Member 427 Thumbs Up

A lot of commuters in the DC area do take Amtrak from Baltimore/Philadelphia/Delaware even so I think you should be able to count it.

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Rita Haberman Brightworks
Mar 29 2017
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Private Shuttles

Has anyone heard of using the EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. credit to replace this one showing trip reduction? My project is served by private campus shuttles from Mon-Fri, including 5-10 different bus lines, intercampus shuttles, and shuttles to the nearby public transportation options. This is a secure facility with no visitors so only the office occupants need to utilize these options. We are greatly reducing single-occupancy vehicles and it's frustrating the private shuttle option has been removed, since this company created their own shuttle service to accommodate the occupants that do not have other public transportation options.

Might be worth submitting a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide? Wondering if anyone else has had luck with this. Thanks!

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Mar 29 2017 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Hi Rita, I haven't heard of this but interesting idea. Perhaps reach out to LEED Coach and see if they can offer any direction on this before submitting a formal CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide?

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Rita Haberman Brightworks Mar 29 2017 LEEDuser Member 427 Thumbs Up

Thanks! I did submit a LEED Coach question just now - we'll see what they say and I can update this post if good news.

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SOHA YAMANI LEED Projects Coordinator Sustainable Solutions
Mar 27 2017
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Daily transit count for street cars

How can i calculate transit average trips for street car?
i asked the workers and people living in the area of the project and they mentioned that street car (for specific route) passes average between every 10 to 15 minutes meaning minimum 4 trips per hour , should i multiply the 4 trips by occupancy hours (4 *8) meaning 32 trips per day ? or should i multiply it by 24 hours ?

also according to LEED InterpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. ID# 10003
http://www.usgbc.org/content/li-10003

the hailing system can be counted towards the credit without a specified official stop , is this still available for v4 ?

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Rita Haberman Brightworks Mar 29 2017 LEEDuser Member 427 Thumbs Up

Hi Soha,

You would take the hours the street car runs (if it runs 12 hours a day then do 4*8) and multiple by 4-6 (shuttle stops per hour) to get the total. Not by the 8 hour work days. As long as the shuttle runs during any hours of the day you can include that as a trip.

Not sure about the hailing system but i would assume you can use that still if the street car takes a trip by the "stop"

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Ben Pratt
Mar 15 2017
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Informal Bus Services

Project Location: Lebanon

I am working on a project in Beirut where there is a lack of municipal public transit options - thus making it a challenge to target this credit.
What has developed in the city is an informal system of private companies providing regular bus services to the general public along popular routes; stopping at logical areas (e.g. crossroads, outside hospitals, etc) to collect/drop-off passengers during the workday. There are no defined routes, bus stop locations or timetables available from these private bus companies which makes it difficult to demonstrate compliance with the credit requirements.
However, if I was to ask a colleague over a week-long period (Monday to Monday) to be based at one of these 'bus stops' and observe and collect the average number of bus trips on a weekday and weekend, would this be admissible as satisfactory and robust evidence to the USGBC?
Thank you.

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Mar 21 2017 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Hi Ben, unfortunately, for this credit, I don't think this will work. Perhaps you can submit for an Innovation credit instead? You can certainly reach out to GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). directly and confirm that the credit itself is not possible for your project. I'd also double check there are no available international interpretations that may apply here.

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sriram tetali Manager -Sustainability Services M W Group
Feb 28 2017
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Shuttle Services

Project Location: India

Dear All
can any one suggest whether we can claim the Shuttle services provided by client in the LTc4 or LTc5 credits in LEED v4 NC Rating system
Thanks & Regards
sriram

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Kimberly Schlaepfer Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C, YR&G Feb 28 2017 LEEDuser Expert 931 Thumbs Up

Hi Sriram,
I am not sure how a shuttle service would fit into either of the requirements for LTc4, can you clarify where you thought it may apply?

For LTc5, there is no mention of shuttle services provided by the building as a means for earning the credit. I would suggest submitted a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide with the project specific details to see if GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). would allow it for your project. My guess is without special permission, the shuttle service would not be allowed, given there is no mention of building provided shuttle services in the credit language.
I hope this helps!

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sriram tetali Manager -Sustainability Services, M W Group Mar 01 2017 Guest 82 Thumbs Up

Thanks Kimberly for the info.
Best Regards
sriram

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Carolyn Risley LEED Consultant & Mechanical Engineer, F.C. O'Neill, Scriven & Assoc's Limited Mar 17 2017 Guest 5 Thumbs Up

Hi Sriram,

LEED 2009 allowed the use of private shuttle buses in the achievement of SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation, Public Transportation Access if they connected to public transportation and operated during the most frequent commuting hours. Unfortunately, under LEED v4 LT credit Access to Quality Transit, it states that private shuttles cannot be used to comply with the credit requirements.

Best wishes,
Carolyn

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sepideh khodadadi
Oct 27 2016
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interpolation

hi guys i have a question i'd be happy if you can help me with it
our project is around 850 meters farFloor-area ratio is the density of nonresidential land use, exclusive of parking, measured as the total nonresidential building floor area divided by the total buildable land area available for nonresidential structures. For example, on a site with 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of buildable land area, an FAR of 1.0 would be 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of building floor area. On the same site, an FAR of 1.5 would be 15,000 square feet (1395 square meters), an FAR of 2.0 would be 20,000 square feet (1860 square meters), and an FAR of 0.5 would be 5,000 square feet (465 square meters). from a crowded subway station that can help us achieve up to 5 points but since the distance is more than 800 meters
so i hope to be able to get some points using interpolation
do you know if we can use that or no?do you have experience in this area?

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Nov 03 2016 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Hi Sepideh,
Are you measuring from the closest 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 your building? The distance requirement is typically pretty firm but if you feel your project still meets the intent, it might be worth investigating opportunities for alternative compliance paths that would be appropriate for your location.

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sepideh khodadadi Nov 04 2016 Guest 17 Thumbs Up

Thanks for answering i appreciate that
And yes we used another 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. and it reached to 804 but i hope 4 meters wont be such a big deal
Also we realized that one of our bus stations is station for 4 buses with different routs do have to count it 4 times?

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jan 17 2017 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Hi Sepideh, 800 meters is the requirement so if you are beyond that, even by a handful of meters, your project does not meet. Are you measuring all options of walking distance? Perhaps there is a different walking path that could make the difference here for your project? And yes, count all bus stops within the required distance of your project.

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Carolyn Risley LEED Consultant & Mechanical Engineer F.C. O'Neill, Scriven & Assoc's Limited
Oct 19 2016
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Number of Bus Routes Required

To confirm, is it possible to achieve LTc5 with just one bus route so long as the minimum number of weekday/weekend trips are satisfied? It appears so, but this does deviate from LEED 2009, so I want to be sure.

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Oct 20 2016 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Carolyn, yes, if you look at the credit form, it is based on compliance with the total trips, ie performance.

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Michele Helou Principal Sage Design & Consulting
Oct 10 2016
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University Campus Project

Project Location: United States

We have a university academic building with a weekday schedule M-F.
We had not planned to register as a Schools project but wonder if some of the Schools requirements for this credit might better apply to the intent and if we can mix and match schools option 1 and 2.
1. we have campus/public bus shuttles with over 144 daily frequency for 2 points. However, the weekend service is limited to less than the requirements here. Since the building has no weekend operation, shouldn't that be the deciding factor?
2. Since 50% of occupants live on campus within 1/2 mile walking distance, can we use schools, option 2 for pedestrian access for another 1 point?

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Oct 20 2016 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Hi Michele, I am not aware that you can mix and match options between rating systems. This sounds like a case where you will want to confirm with GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)., assuming you have already reviewed existing interpretations for any applicability.

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Prateek Jain Energy Studio, Inc. Mar 31 2017 Guest 2 Thumbs Up

Michele, did you get a response from GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). on this? I have the same doubt for a project on a university campus.

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Eric White Sustainability Consultant Mission Green Buildings
Aug 30 2016
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Functional Entry for Addition Project

Project Location: Canada

Our project is a four storey addition to an existing four storey building. There are a few doors that connect the addition and the existing building throughout its four storeys, along with several secondary and/or service entrances and emergency exists. The majority of occupants will enter the addition through the existing building.

In determining the most appropriate "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." to use for proximity to transit, should the project:

a) use the demising wall between the existing building and addition as the "Functional Entry", OR
b) use the secondary exterior entrances as the "Functional Entry", OR
c) use the existing building's primary entrance as the "Functional Entry."

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Aug 30 2016 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Hi Eric, I am having a hard time picturing this without drawings to reference, however the definition of 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. is: "An 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."
If you've reviewed the definition and still don't feel comfortable with what seems like the most reasonable approach, I'd contact GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). and confirm your thinking with them prior to submitting for review, just so it doesn't come up in a review comment.

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Lourdes Salinas THREE Consultoría Medioambiental
Jun 07 2016
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Weekend trips frequency

Project Location: Mexico

Hello, I have a question related with the approach that can be followed in order to pursue the credit of LT Access to Quality Transportation. Is it possible to follow the same approach (as an alternative path) as the one follow by schools for a building that is only occupied from Monday to Friday?
Thank you!

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jun 08 2016 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Lourdes,
I am assuming your project is not a school...what is your reasoning behind this? Are you still meeting the intent of the credit?

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Lourdes Salinas THREE Consultoría Medioambiental Jun 09 2016 LEEDuser Member 537 Thumbs Up

Hi Marilyn!
Your assumption is right, the project is not a school, is an office building. The reason why we are trying to pursue an alternative path is that in the municipality where the project is located do not have a governmental study that certifies the public transportation frequency during the weekends, this study has just been develop for weekdays (Monday -Friday).
Also considering that public transportation frequency is not asked for school projects because the use of the building is only during weekdays. Does this consideration may apply to the project if it is also only used during weekdays, just as schools?
I am excited to hear about your opinion and point of view.
Thank you.

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jun 15 2016 LEEDuser Expert 903 Thumbs Up

Lourdes,

Alternative compliance is typically awarded if projects can still demonstrate they meet the intent of the credit. Focus on the intent and provide the review team with a narrative explaining your case. You can also contact GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). to try to confirm this prior to your review if you need to know where you stand.

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Rita Haberman Brightworks Jul 21 2017 LEEDuser Member 427 Thumbs Up

Lourdes, do the transportation lines not publicly post their schedules? If so, you could count the number of trips to get the frequency for weekends.

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Francis McNulty OCSC
Apr 22 2016
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Paired bus route service

Project Location: Ireland

Hi,

Is it necessary for both stops to be within 400m of the site in order to satisfy the paired route requirements? There are a considerable number of one-way streets adjacent to our site resulting in paired routes being separated by a number of blocks.

Thank you

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Kimberly Schlaepfer Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C, YR&G May 05 2016 LEEDuser Expert 931 Thumbs Up

Hi Francis,
The Reference Guide does not specifically address this point, however, I don't think that it is necessary for both stops to be within the 400m in order to fulfill the paired route requirements, the transit service simply needs to offer a service in the opposite direction. The Reference Guide notes that if one transit lines has several stops within the 400m boundary, then only one may count toward compliance. Since only one of the stops from the transit service can be counted anyway, I believe the location of the opposite line won't be considered.
Hope that helps!

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Kevin Dunphy Project Coordinator, LEED AP BD+C Holabird & Root
Aug 21 2015
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Minimum Weekday/Weekend Trips

Project Location: United States

I am looking for clarification on the terminology and corresponding input fields of the credit form. In the "Points are calculated as follows" table, does the column "Minimum Weekday Trips" refer to a daily number of weekday trips or a cumulative number of the trips of all 5 weekdays? I have the same question for the "Minimum Weekend Trips" term in this table. The confusion is coming from the distinction in language between this table and the "Transit service" table, which has columns labeled "DAILY Weekday Trips" and "Average DAILY Weekend Trips."

I realize once I have the transit information for my project I can fill it into the "Transit Service" table and it will generate the point numbers, but right now I am only in the feasibility study portion of my project and am more interested in point budgeting than filling in exact information.

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Jason Hercules Manager, LEED Department, U.S. Green Building Council Sep 16 2015 LEEDuser Member 80 Thumbs Up

The "minimum trips" language refer to the daily number of trips provided. The most common variation is seen on weekends when the number of trips provided on Sat vs. Sun is often different. However, there are examples when weekday trip numbers vary (e.g. publicly available university bus service, when trips vary to match class frequency) and even in those circumstances, the minimum service provided should be used to calculate compliance.

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Amanda Johnson Penicaud Green Building
Jul 16 2015
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Rideshare and Company Shuttles

Project Location: Russian Federation

Hi,
With the new frequency requirement I am not sure how Company shuttles (that are related to set workshifts and which only operate 8 times a day) would fit into this?
The shuttle clearly reduces the car traffic for staff (80% of workers use it) but would not get points under LEED V4.

Would this be a special circumstance?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Sep 16 2015 LEEDuser Moderator

Amanda, this definitely sounds like it would not comply with LEED v4 requirements, but you could ask for an interpretation to see if you can make a case for it.

For what it's worth you would have better luck with this under LEED for Existing Buildings, which measures actual use of alternative commuting.

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Michelle DiPenti Project Coordinator HDR, Inc.
Oct 01 2014
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University Building - Weekend Trips

I have a question for a science building on a university campus.
We want to earn a bonus point. The requirement is as follows, "Projects served by two or more transit routes such that no one route provides more than 60% of the documented levels may earn one additional point, up to the maximum number of points." However, since this is a university campus and very few classes are held on Saturdays, there are different bus routes and stops on the weekends.

Should I calculate 60% of the total trips (weekday + weekend)? Or do should it be 60% of the weekday trips and 60% of weekend trips?

Thank you!

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PAWAN DAHIWAL Feb 02 2015 Guest 645 Thumbs Up

I think, weekend trips are exempted for educational facilities. You need to count only weekday trips. If any trip provides less than 60% of the total, you will earn one bonus point.

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Rebecca Brown
Jul 31 2014
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University Campus Transit

It seems from the credit language that bus stops do not need to be publicly accessible in order to comply with the credit. Would a university campus shuttle service count for this credit?

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Jason Hercules Manager, LEED Department, U.S. Green Building Council Sep 16 2015 LEEDuser Member 80 Thumbs Up

Transit service only includes publicly accessible modes of transportation. So university campus transit that is fixed-route and available to general public would comply with the credit language. One that is only available to university members is essentially a private shuttle and would not comply.

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Florencia Guggenheim Architect
Jul 01 2014
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Bus Stops

Hi, i would like to know in the case i have one bus stop but with different bus lines, can i count de trips from every line or just of one of them?
thank you very much!

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David Posada Integrated Design & LEED Specialist, SERA Architects Jul 28 2014 Guest 21610 Thumbs Up

Yes, you can count the trips for any bus line that stops within the 1/4 mile/ 400 meter walking distance of your project. Having more bus lines improves your transit service and can earn more points, so count them all!

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