Recommended Practice

Physical Security for Public Transit


This Recommended Practice proposes physical security practices for transit passenger facilities to enhance the security of people, operations, assets and infrastructure.

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Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA SS-SIS-RP-013-13 03/26/2013 Published Current


 anti-vehicle barriers; ballistic; blast; culverts; doors; fencing; glass; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); hinges; key and lock control; lighting; mailroom; perimeter roads; physical security; risk assessment; security; windows


This Recommended Practice provides basic physical security strategy background information. It offers an overview and descriptions of the applicability of the physical security pillar. Elements of this pillar often include target-hardening elements such as security lighting, fencing and gates, security risk, exterior
doors, industrial doors, windows and glazing, HVAC, mail rooms, utility openings and culverts, perimeter roads, lock and key control, standoff distance, and clear zones. The elements of this pillar may be integrated with other security standards and best practices used by transit agencies to enhance their security program(s).

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