Recommended Practice

Security Lighting for Transit Passenger Facilities


This document establishes recommended practices for security lighting systems for transit passenger facilities to enhance the security of people, operations, assets and infrastructure.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA SS-SIS-RP-001-10 Rev. 1 9/25/2020 Published Current
APTA SS-SIS-RP-001-10 10/1/2009 Published Superseded


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Security lighting may be one of the most cost-effective and universally accepted security measures any organization can use to improve its security posture. Effective security lighting both deters criminal behavior and enhance safety, thereby reducing overall risk. Properly designed and planned security
lighting can create a sense of openness and security for passengers. Security lighting aids the ability to observe and monitor movements through the facilities and supports the fundamental principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). Throughout this Recommended Practice, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety lighting standards and security industry lighting best practices were applied. Where OSHA foot-candle measurements for safety lighting were higher than security industry lighting measurements, the OSHA measurements were used. Where security industry lighting measurements were higher than OSHA safety lighting standards, the security industry lighting measurements were used.

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