Tamien station

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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) Peninsula Subdivision[1]
Platforms 1 island platform (Caltrain)
1 island platform (VTA)
Tracks 3 (Caltrain)
2 (VTA)
Connections Bus transport VTA: 25, 82
Parking 275 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Opened August 17, 1990 (VTA)[2]
July 1, 1992 (Caltrain)[3]
Passengers (2017) 1264 per weekday[4] (Caltrain)
Preceding station   Caltrain roundel.svg Caltrain   Following station
(during peak hours)
toward Gilroy
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern B
BSicon LOGO SCvta.svg VTA Light Rail
toward Alum Rock
Alum Rock–Santa Teresa
toward Santa Teresa

Tamien 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 elevated island platforms, one for each service. The two platforms are connected by a walkway at ground-level that is below the two platforms. 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.

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.[5]

Bus connections[edit]

The station is served by two VTA bus routes:

  • 25: Alum Rock Transit Center to De Anza College
  • 82: Westgate to Downtown San Jose


  1. ^ SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Current Light Rail System Data" (PDF). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Duncan, Mark (October 4, 2005). The San Francisco Peninsula Railroad Passenger Service: Past, Present, and Future (PDF). p. 18. 
  4. ^ Caltrain. "2017 Annual Count Key Findings Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-01-29. 
  5. ^ Hylkema, Mark, (1994). "Tamien Station Archeological Project". In Bean, Lowell John. The Ohlone: Past and Present Native Americans of the San Francisco Bay Region. Ballena Press Publication. pp. 249–270. ISBN 0879191295. 

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