Public Review of Draft Documents

APTA invites all stakeholders to review and comment on draft documents in development.  The APTA Standards Development Program publishes documents through a consensus-based process and the public review period is a critical part of the development process.

The current review period starts on November 1 and ends on November 31, 2022. 

Commenting Instructions

View the latest set of documents in development by APTA’s working groups. Reviewers may submit comments as often as they like during the review period. Start your review today!

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  • Select the name of the document to review more details, download or provide a comment
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  • Comments are accepted from APTA members or nonmembers
  • Reviewers should contact Standards@apta.com if you experience any problems with providing your inputs
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Title Category Working Group Description
Emergency Lighting System Design for Passenger Cars

Section Analysis

Commuter, Intercity & HSR Electrical This standard specifies the minimum performance criteria for the design of the emergency lighting system for passenger rail cars. Comments are also welcome on the section analyses that may accompany any of the posted documents.
Emergency Egress/Access Signage and Low-Location Exit Path Markings for Passenger Rail Equipment

Section Analysis

Commuter, Intercity & HSR Passenger Systems This standard contains minimum requirements for the physical characteristics, informational content and placement of all emergency signs, markings and instructions for passenger railcar egress/access points. This includes emergency low-location exit path marking (LLEPM) systems for all passenger railcars using passive and/or active means of marking the exit path(s) to safety. Comments are also welcome on the section analyses that may accompany any of the posted documents.
Rail Vehicle Wheelset Back-to-Back Distance Measurement and Monitoring Practices Rail Transit Systems WheelRail Interface This rail white paper aims to assemble the best practices for measurement and monitoring of rail vehicle wheelset back-to-back distance.
Operational Technology Cybersecurity Maturity Framework (OT-CMF) Overview Security and Emergency Management Control and Communications Security This document covers recommended practices for developing and growing an operational technology (OT) cybersecurity maturity program.
Recognizing and Responding to Unattended Packages, Objects and Baggage Security and Emergency Management Security Emergency Management This recommended practice provides broad guidelines for recognizing and responding to unattended packages, objects and baggage.
Transit Agency Workplace Violence Prevention, Response and Recovery Programs Security and Emergency Management Security Emergency Management This recommended practice provides a framework for transit agencies to prevent, respond to, and recover from workplace violence incidents.
Conducting Background Screening Investigations Security and Emergency Management Security Risk Management This recommended practice provides transit agencies with guidance for selecting security background screening investigation methodologies and establishing policies and procedures for conducting background screening investigations.
Gates to Control Access to Revenue and Nonrevenue Transit Facilities Security and Emergency Management Security Risk Management This recommended practice provides guidance for the installation of gates used to control access to areas under the jurisdiction of a transit agency.
Security Program Considerations for Public Transit Security and Emergency Management Transit Infrastructure Security This standard proposes security program consideration practices for transit passenger facilities to enhance the security of people, operations, assets and infrastructure.
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