Tamien Station

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Caltrain Santa Clara VTA
Tamien Station 1588 08.JPG
The light rail platform at Tamien
Location Lelong Street and Alma Avenue
San Jose, California
Coordinates 37°18′46″N 121°53′05″W / 37.31270°N 121.884781°W / 37.31270; -121.884781Coordinates: 37°18′46″N 121°53′05″W / 37.31270°N 121.884781°W / 37.31270; -121.884781
Line(s) Caltrain
  Local service
  Limited-stop service
VTA Light Rail
Platforms 1 island platform (Caltrain)
1 island platform (VTA)
Tracks 3 (Caltrain)
2 (VTA)
Connections VTA Bus Routes 25, 82
Parking 275 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Passengers (2014) 970 per weekday[1]Increase 20.2% (Caltrain)
Preceding station   Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain   Following station
Local service
(during peak hours)
toward Gilroy
Limited-stop service
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern B
BSicon LOGO SCvta.svg VTA Light Rail
toward Alum Rock
Alum Rock–Santa Teresa
toward Santa Teresa
Tamien Station is located in San Jose, California
Tamien Station

Tamien Station is an intermodal passenger transportation station served by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail system, two bus routes, and the Caltrain commuter rail line. The station has two distinct elevated rail platforms – one for Caltrain, the other for light rail, each is a center platform with two trackways (one on each side). The two platforms are connected by a walkway at ground-level that is below the two platforms.

Currently, Caltrain does not serve this station during the middle of the day on weekdays, on weekends, a Caltrain shuttle bus instead of a train connects Tamien to the San Jose Diridon station. Caltrain is set to be electrified from San Francisco to Tamien by 2021. Services to Gilroy, beyond Tamien, will remain diesel-propelled.

The station is named after the Tamien (also spelled Tamyen) who were some of the Ohlone, a Native American people.


Address: 1355 Lick Avenue [1] , San Jose, California
Nearest cross-street: West Alma Avenue

Platforms and tracks[edit]

The light rail platform is located in the center median of the State Route 87 freeway just north of the Alma Avenue overpass, the Caltrain platform is located between Lick Avenue and State Route 87, just north of Alma Avenue.

VTA Eastbound toward Alum Rock (Virginia)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Westbound toward Santa Teresa (Curtner)
Caltrain Northbound
  Local service
toward San Francisco (San Jose Diridon)
  Limited-stop service
toward San Francisco (San Jose Diridon)
toward San Francisco (San Jose Diridon)
does not stop here
Island platform, doors will open on the left
  Local service
toward Gilroy (Capitol)
  Limited-stop service
toward Gilroy, peak hours (Capitol)
does not stop here →

Station amenities[edit]

Connecting transit[edit]


  • Hylkema, Mark, Tamien Station Archeological Project, published by Bean, Lowell John, editor, The Ohlone: Past and Present Native Americans of the San Francisco Bay Region. Menlo Park, CA: Ballena Press Publication, 1994. ISBN 0-87919-129-5 (pages 249-270).


  1. ^ Caltrain. "February 2014 Caltrain Annual Passenger Counts" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-07-11. 

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