"It can take a moving train a mile or more to come to a stop," Sullivan said. "People just need to use caution and cross at crossings that are approved and not use railroad tracks as shortcuts."
In November, a $12,750 Baltimore County project sealed off the pedestrian tunnel that connected Sulphur Spring and Hammonds Ferry roads after years of complaints about vandalism, crime activity and unsanitary conditions.
Once the tunnel closed, it forced pedestrians who want to get to the other side to take one of two options: cross the tracks or make the trek around them.
To get from one opening to the other without crossing the tracks, a pedestrian's route is 1.7 miles instead of the couple hundred feet separating the tunnel entrances.
Lansdowne Station is a popular destination on the other side. The shopping center in the 3500 and 3600 blocks of Washington Boulevard features a Wal-Mart Supercenter, Office Depot and other stores.