Recommended Practice

Fencing Systems to Control Access to Transit Facilities


This Recommended Practice provides guidance for the installation of fencing systems to control access to areas under the jurisdiction of a transit agency.

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Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA SS-SIS-RP-003-10 10/01/2009 Published Current


access control, analysis, assessment, CPTED, gate, landscaping, lighting, threat and vulnerability fencing systems


A fencing system is a component of access control systems. It defines boundaries and limits, and channels access and egress, provides visual barriers, supports security and safety, and can deter and delay intrusion and trespassing. Many fencing systems are available to the public transportation industry, ranging
from high-security grille type to cost-effective chain link. Fencing systems should be integrated with other security standards and best practices, such as crime prevention through environmental design, lighting, barriers, and so on, to provide protection and enhance other security solutions. This Recommended Practice is intended to ensure that security measures are employed in the design, material specification, installation and placement of fencing systems; that security considerations are incorporated during the design and building process; and that all pertinent stakeholders are identified in the process of selection and placement of fencing systems.

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