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Rich New Jersey Shore Enclave Says No to Climate-Change Rail Project

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  • Bay Head last stop on train line popular with summer visitors
  • Diesel trains staying as Murphy goes other way on fossil fuels
Town officials and members of Concerned Citizens of Bay Head fear that construction of a power station will pollute Twilight Lake. NJ Transit says a new substation is necessary to maintain rail function during big storms.
Town officials and members of Concerned Citizens of Bay Head fear that construction of a power station will pollute Twilight Lake. NJ Transit says a new substation is necessary to maintain rail function during big storms. Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

A project to end increasing rounds of flood damage is pitting New Jersey Transit against an oceanside enclave of multimillion-dollar homes.

Bay Head, where billionaire philanthropist Peter Kellogg learned to sail as a kid, is the last stop on the North Jersey Coast Line that runs about 70 miles north to Manhattan. It’s also the site where NJ Transit, the nation’s largest statewide commuter-transportation provider, is spending $32 million to rebuild a power station damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.