March 04–Some March we’re having, huh? Depending on where you are in our region, you may have woken up to six inches of snow or hardly anything. Either way, it makes for a messy morning commute for many, so be careful out there. Many schools in the region are opening on a delay today and SEPTA is operating on a Saturday schedule. But that’s right now. This morning we’re all about the long game: the effects of coastal flooding in N.J., paying for the King of Prussia rail line, and the relationship that left Arcadia University with its biggest gift ever.
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N.J. coastal towns face nearly $1.6B in annual damage from sea rise, flooding, storms, report finds
Jersey Shore communities will face steep costs associated with sea level rise if steps aren’t taken, according to a new report, but not in the places you might expect.
Though attention is often focused on tourist-filled areas facing the ocean, New Jersey’s other shorelines have been a problem spot for flooding.
The report, released Friday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, cites climate change as a “significant” contributor to back bay flooding in the Garden State and predicts a combined average of nearly $1.6 billion a year in damage for coastal communities in the future.
Arcadia University opened its doors to this 65-year-old retired chemist. Decades later, it paid off.
Chemist Ellington Beavers spent 40 years at Rohm & Haas before being forced into mandatory retirement at age 65.
He wasn’t quite ready to set aside his career, so he wrote to local universities offering his services for free if he could work in their labs.
Arcadia University answered. Forty years, 11 patents, and one new company later, and four years after Beavers’ death, the agreement they struck has really paid off — in the form of the largest single gift in the university’s history.
Plans for a train line to King of Prussia are moving forward. Paying for it is another story.
One day a five-mile extension to the Norristown High-Speed Line could connect Philadelphia to King of Prussia. Despite resistance, plans for the line are full-steam ahead: SEPTA approved $7 million in January for an engineering firm to work out more details.
One relatively important piece of the puzzle — you know, how to pay for it — isn’t quite figured out yet, however.
The bill will run SEPTA about $1.2 billion. A federal grant will almost certainly be necessary. Meanwhile, state officials say their ability to contribute money may be limited and a lawsuit could completely change how public transit is funded in Pennsylvania.
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