Operations Control Centers


This standard provides guidance for the development and operation of rail transit systems (RTSs) operations control centers (OCCs).

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APTA RT-OP-S-005-03 Rev. 3 07/06/2018 Published Current


central control, controller, dispatcher, operations control centers (OCC)


The OCC serves as a command and control facility usually associated with rail fixed guideway (RFG) systems. The OCC serves as the main location from which all aspects of the system are controlled and operational decisions are made regarding normal and non-normal operations. The facility also serves as the primary, but not necessarily exclusive, point of coordination for all operational decisions affecting rail service. This coordination usually includes both internal disciplines as well as external elements involving emergency response agencies.

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