Recommend Practice

Anti-Vehicle Barriers for Public Transit


This Recommended Practice describes anti-vehicle barriers (AVB) 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-009-12 Rev. 1 09/25/2020 Published Current
APTA SS-SIS-RP-009-12 12/01/2012 Published Superseded


 anti-vehicle barriers, barriers, bollards, site survey, design considerations, standoff distance


Public transit operates in inherently open environments. It provides ease of access and gathers volumes of people in confined spaces to provide passengers with efficient and convenient transportation through regions and their communities. These unique attributes make public transportation vulnerable to adversarial targeting and threats. For these reasons, a sound understanding of anti-vehicle barriers will enable agencies to implement an approach to more effectively manage the risks of their environments. This document provides background information on AVB systems, details the systems that are available, and describes the specific use and capabilities of AVB systems. It outlines the AVB selection process to present options for the best systems to use in specific environments. It also offers considerations to aid in the placement of the systems once the proper barrier is chosen.

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