The Baltimore County Police Department has authorized Mass Transit Administration police to fine people who drive around lowered gates at the two light-rail crossings in the county.
In recent weeks, the gates at the Timonium Road and Seminary Avenue crossings reportedly have lowered when the track was clear. Drivers would stop and, growing impatient, steer their cars around the gates and over the tracks.
Lawrence M. Engleman, acting chief of the MTA police, last month asked Baltimore County police Chief Cornelius J. Behan to give his police the authority to ticket. Mr. Behan gave his approval April 1.