Lighting as a Situational Approach to Preventing Transit Crime

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) is in the third year of a multiyear System wide Lighting Program to upgrade lighting in all of its rail stations, parking lots, and other special use facilities requiring high security. To date, the Authority has spent approximately $5-million and committed an additional $10-million to the Lighting Program through 2010. The Program’s intent is to accent a rail station’s existing architectural attributes, while creating a feeling of openness, reducing patron’s fears, and reducing at best initial, but also long-term maintenance cost while incorporating concepts of CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design). The program includes the development of along with the “buy-in” of new Authority Lighting Design Criteria, station evaluations; need prioritization, design documentation, construction and commissioning. Key environmental design considerations include color rendering and vertical luminance. Design considerations include expected foot-candle readings in critical areas, computer photometric analysis including vertical and horizontal calculations to create three-dimensional renderings, theoretical lighting levels compared to actual field readings. Differences between theoretical and “real life” include: specifying photometry, evaluating the “or equal” fixture, lumen depreciation, and changing field conditions. This paper documents and discusses the experience and lessons learned in the development of a successful lighting program.

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    American Public Transportation Association

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  • Authors:
    • Goodfellow, Raymond
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  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: Rail Transit Conference Proceedings, 2005

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  • Accession Number: 01002136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594155
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2005 10:24AM