Weekly Roundup: Children’s Festival & Poll Shows High Speed Rail Support

By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

Children Will Come Out to Play in San Jose: More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the 7th annual International Children’s Festival in San Jose this weekend. The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, was created as a way to bring children together from different cultural communities in the Bay Area. There will be traditional dancing, performances, arts and crafts, and other children’s activities. This year’s event will take place at the Discovery Meadow, which is  located directly next to the Children’s Discovery Museum in downtown San Jose. Attendees can take Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon station, and transfer to the Valley Transportation Authority’s 902 light-rail line for a trip to the festival.

From the report: "When respondents are informed of the benefits of high-speed rail service, the likelihood that they will use high-speed rail tends to increase, especially within key demographics. The most sizeable increases occurred among consumers earning less than $30k, as well as those with incomes between $30k to $50k, Hispanic Americans, Westerners, and Republicans."

From the report: “When respondents are informed of the benefits of high-speed rail service, the likelihood that they will use high-speed rail tends to increase, especially within key demographics. The most sizeable increases occurred among consumers earning less than $30k, as well as those with incomes between $30k to $50k, Hispanic Americans, Westerners, and Republicans.”

New Poll Shows Strong Support for High Speed Rail: According to a new study commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association, 63 percent of the nation’s residents said they would use high-speed rail services if they were available today. That number actually rises to 67 percent, when residents were informed about the cost and time-savings associated with high-speed rail travel, according to APTA, a national transit advocacy group. The survey, carried out by TechnoMetrica, a polling agency, asked 1,005 respondents their thoughts on key mass transit issues. Along with their indicated support for riding high-speed rail, 71 percent of the respondents supported reducing regulations so that amenities can be built near high-speed rail stations. High-speed rail service is set to arrive in California by 2029. The network will share the right-of-way with Caltrain from San Jose to San Francisco as part of a “blended system.” Trains will travel up to 110 miles per hour on that segment of track.

Japanese Culture Celebrated in Millbrae: Children’s choirs, traditional musical recitals, classical dance performances and even some karate lessons will be part of the 10th annual Japanese Cultural Festival, taking place in Millbrae on Sunday. The Millbrae City Council and its Chamber of Commerce came together to stage the event, which was seen as a way to showcase the growing diversity and unique cultures of Millbrae and its surrounding communities on the Peninsula. The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza in Millbrae. The festival is about a mile-walk from the Millbrae Caltrain Station. Attendees can take SamTrans’ Route ECR for a connection closer to the event.

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