Yeah, it's not good. Technically, if you cross rail road tracks anywhere other than a designated crossing you are trespassing on rail road private property. I discussed the issue at length with the Norfolk Southern Enforcement Officer ( his business card uses the title "Special Agent" ) that we need viable options given their tracks intersect the Greenway in Ann Arbor. I actually feel that the walkers are the wost off. They would have to walk roughly a mile out of their way to access one of the two "legal" crossings at Lakeshore Drive or Barton Dam. There has been talk of a tunnel at Bandemere Park but given the cost I think the odds are very low that will ever happen.
IMHO this is nothing but litigation mitigation
I don't see why they can't just create a designated pedestrian crossing with signs, etc. But if you are crossing RR tracks anywhere other than a road crossing and you see a white SUV, beware!