Recommended Practice

Ornamental Fencing Systems to Control Access at Transit Facilities


This Recommended Practice provides guidance for ornamental fencing systems to control access at revenue and nonrevenue transit facilities.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA SS-SIS-RP-006-10 01/01/2010 Archived Superseded
(See related documents)


access control, assessment, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), gate, landscaping, lighting, ornamental fencing systems, security, threat, and vulnerability analysis


Ornamental fencing systems are components of access control systems. They define boundaries, channel access and egress, provide visual barriers, support security and safety, and deter and delay intrusion and trespassing. Many styles of ornamental fences are available to the public transportation industry. If
aesthetics are a priority, ornamental fencing systems may be designed with a low-profile appearance through reduced height, or the incorporation of colors, environmental coatings, or lattice-style inserts while maintaining anti-scaling capabilities. Ornamental fencing should be integrated with other security measures, including CPTED, lighting, barriers, etc., to optimize protection and complement security solutions. Ornamental fencing systems can also be used with protective vehicle barriers, but both should blend with area aesthetics and adhere to local ordinances.

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