To reduce energy consumption, pollution, and harm to human health from motor vehicles by encouraging multimodal travel.
Achieve at least two of the following options.
Earn 1 point for every two options, for a maximum of 2 points. For the purposes of this credit, existing buildings and their occupants are exempt from the requirements.
Provide transit passes valid for at least one year, subsidized to 100% of regular price, to each resident and employee locating within the project during at least the first three years of project occupancy. Publicize the availability of subsidized transit passes to project occupants.
Provide year-round, developer-sponsored transit service (vans, shuttles, buses) from at least one central point in the project to other major transit facilities or retail or employment centers, with service no less frequent than 45 daily weekday trips and 30 daily weekend trips. The service must begin by the time the project’s total floor area is 20% occupied and must be guaranteed for at least three years beyond project build-out. The occupancy requirement is met when residents are living in 20% of the dwelling units and/or employees are working in 20% of the total nonresidential floor area.
Provide transit stop shelters and bicycle racks adequate to meet projected demand but no less than one shelter and one bicycle rack at each transit stop. Shelters must be covered, be at least partially enclosed to buffer wind and rain, and have seating and illumination. Bicycle racks must have a two-point support system for locking the frame and wheels and must be securely affixed to the ground or a building.
Locate the project such that 50% of the dwelling units and nonresidential use entrances are within a ¼-mile (400-meter) walking distance of at least one vehicle in a vehicle-sharing program, as specified below, depending on project size.
For each vehicle, dedicate one parking space accessible to vehicle-sharing members. Publicize to project occupants the availability and benefits of the vehicle-sharing program. Commit to providing vehicles to the locations for at least two years. If a new vehicle-sharing location is planned , the vehicle-sharing program must begin by the time the project’s total floor area is 20% occupied. The occupancy requirement is met when residents are living in 20% of the dwelling units and/or employees are working in 20% of the total nonresidential floor area.
For 90% of multi-unit dwelling units and/or nonresidential floor area, the associated off-street parking spaces must be sold or rented separately from the dwelling units or nonresidential floor area.
Set parking fees within the project boundary for all off-street parking equal to or greater than the cost of monthly usage for municipal public transit. Off-street parking in this instance does not include parking devoted to individual, detached residential units.
All major employers within the project must commit to providing a guaranteed ride home program for employees. A major employer accounts for more than 25% of the workers on the project site. The pro-gram must provide free rides to employees who have carpooled, taken transit, walked, or cycled to work but must leave because of an unexpected personal emergency. Rides may be on taxis, company cars, or rental cars.
All major employers within the project must commit to promoting and supporting flexible work arrangements with the goal of reducing vehicle trips during peak commuting hours. A major employer accounts for more than 25% of the workers on the project site. The employer must develop internal policies that outline the terms under which employees can engage in telework, flextime, compressed work weeks, staggered shifts, or other arrangements. These policies must also describe how the program will be promoted to employees.
Any precedents on how to integrate carsharing services such as Car2Go, Communauto or Zipcars that do not have specific restrictions on drop-off points?
Our project is located in the area where you can just pick and drop a carshare wherever you want. I cannot define the walking distances to and from the parking location since it can be anywhere in on-street parking. The cars are equipped with permits to park anywhere in the city.
Moreover, there is no guarantee to find a car but by experience there are always cars available in the area.
Any cues on my next steps?
Thank you very much for your help,
William, the difficulty with Car2Go-type programs is what you point out, they can't be tied with geographic certainty to an ND project site. The only work-around for Option 3 that I can think of would be GPS data collected by the program operator that tracks vehicle parking locations for a given time period, which might allow you to demonstrate that an average of x vehicles are always within 1/4-mile over a typical month. If that data is available and it demonstrates proximity, you should check with USGBC or CaGBC staff about their opinion of the approach before trying it with a submission.
Thanks Mr. Allen. Helpful.
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