The other day I was hurrying to work approaching the train tracks at clinton just n. of fulton. the warning lights and bells started going off as i was maybe 20ft from them. so i accelerated and made it over before the gates began to move.
a metra police officer jumped in front of me a little ways later and made me stop. wrote me a ticket and said it will likely cost me at least $250. I kind of thought that the lights and bell were like a yellow light and you didnt have to stop until the gates came down. It appears this is not the case. expensive lesson learned.
posting this as a cautionary tale to anyone else pedaling over train tracks regularly.