Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Low-Emission & Fuel-Efficient VehiclesThat's not a yellow coiled power line, it's compressed natural gas (CNG)!
Monday, March 9, 2009
We meet the criteria for (2) points under this public transportation access credit. the first point is locating the project within 1/2 mile of a planned and funded light rail station. Dallas' Green Line station at JB Jackson Transit Center has platforms under construction 0.24 miles from the project site, exceeding the 0.50 mile requirement. The photograph below shows the platforms at the new MLK Green Line station scheduled to open September, 2009.
The following text is the USGBC requirement for SS Credit 4.1 Alternative Transportation - Public Transportation Access:
Public Transportation Access
Reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use
Locate pollution project within 1/2 mile of an existing - or planned and funded - commuter rail, light rail or subway station.
Locate project within 1/4 mile of one or more stops for two or more public or campus bus lines usable by building occupants.
Potential Technologies & Strategies
Perform a transportation survey of the future building occupants to identify transportation needs. Site the building near mass transit.
Projects may be awarded one innovation point for Exemplary performance in alternative transportation, SS credit 4, by instituting a comprehensive transportation management plan that demonstrates a quantifiable reduction in personal automobile use through the implementation of multiple alternative options.
The guiding goal is to quadruple ridership of mass transit. The minimum requirements are:
Locate the project within 1/2 mile of at least two existing commuter rail, light rail or subway lines, OR locate project within 1/4 mile of at least two or more stops for four or more public or campus bus lines usable by the building occupants;
Frequency of service must be such that at least 200 transit rides per day are available in total at these stops. A combination of rail and bus is allowable.
1 Point - Exemplary Performance