Tamien is an intermodal passenger transportation station in San Jose, California 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.
The light rail platform at Tamien
|Location||Lelong Street and Alma Avenue|
San Jose, California
|Platforms||1 island platform (Caltrain)|
1 island platform (VTA)
|Connections||VTA: 25, 82|
|Opened||August 17, 1990 (VTA)|
July 1, 1992 (Caltrain)
|Passengers (2018)||1,286 per weekday 3% (Caltrain)|
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 served by two VTA bus routes:
- 25: Alum Rock Transit Center to De Anza College
- 82: Westgate to Downtown San Jose
- SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 5.
- "Current Light Rail System Data" (PDF). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- Duncan, Mark (October 4, 2005). "The San Francisco Peninsula Railroad Passenger Service: Past, Present, and Future" (PDF). p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2018.
- "2018 Annual Count Key Findings Report" (PDF). Caltrain. 2018.
- Hylkema, Mark (1994). "Tamien Station Archeological Project". In Bean, Lowell John (ed.). The Ohlone: Past and Present Native Americans of the San Francisco Bay Region. Ballena Press Publication. pp. 249–270. ISBN 0879191295.