This past winter, I have begun a daily commute to downtown Chicago from Palatine. I really appreciate the convenience and ease of using the Metra rail system. I have noticed that many times, as a train is approaching the Palatine station, commuters will run across an oncoming train at the Palatine station, to catch their daily train. This is foolish and can lead to tragic consequences. Many times, the Palatine platform becomes quite congested. My habit is to stand back and let those that urgently want to board the train first board, and then board when most of the commuters are on the train. Such was my situation on Wednesday. I stood back as the train approached, while many positioned themselves to board the train ahead of others. I waited on the sidewalk at Smith Street for the boarding to begin. Many commuters did as well. Unfortunately, due to lack of space, we were standing on the South West side of the tracks. As the crowd began to board the train, we made our steps to the train and were immediately confronted by undercover Palatine police officers (at least half a dozen). In no uncertain terms, many of us were issued citations for illegal crossing of the tracks. Due to a lack of room, that was as close as we could get to the train without shoving our way forward. While I appreciate the need for train safety, collecting money from people that are doing nothing hazardous than walking three feet to board a train is preposterous. Why not focus on those that are endangering their lives in reckless behavior to catch the train? I paid my fine and the police officer reminded me how someone had been killed earlier in the day in Mt. Prospect. I appreciate the safety concerns, but the misplaced satisfaction of fining those of us that are just displaying some common courtesy to other commuters is ridiculous! I saw a number of citations issued to people that were in no way placing themselves at risk to anything. We were just letting others board first. I feel that the Palatine Police will feel good about the number of citations issued and how they believe that what they are doing is making the public aware of train safety. That was the message I received when I paid my fine. Truth be told, most of the citations were issued to people that were doing nothing wrong! Try focusing on the actual safety violators. Part of me wonders if this whole incident was just a pure money grab by the village.