City: San Jose
Tamien is a convenient park and ride station near downtown San Jose and a transfer point between Caltrain and the VTA Light Rail systems. The station is named after a local Native American tribe (Tamien) that once settled in the area.
VTA Light Rail platforms are located in the median of CA-87. The Caltrain platforms are located east of the freeway. A pedestrian walkway (by CA-87 on ramp at Lelong St) connects Light Rail and Caltrain.
Caltrain ticket machines and Clipper card readers are located in the concourse below the Caltrain platform. All riders must have a valid paper/mobile ticket, or tagged Clipper card/mobile device before boarding Caltrain. Train crews may inspect for fares onboard. Riders using Clipper should "tag off" after exiting the train.
Trains may depart on any track, verify with conductor for departure time and destination.
VTA Light Rail
Riders transferring from Caltrain using Clipper should "tag off" at a reader in the Caltrain area before tagging on at the light rail platform entrance.
This station features a center in the freeway median.
Free parking is available at the station on lots located on both sides of the freeway. Parking on the the east side of the freeway (closer to Caltrain) can be accessed from Lick Ave. Parking on the west side (closer to light rail) can be accessed from Lelong St.
Spots designated for free long term parking (7 days maximum) are available on the west side of the station near Alma St.
Bike racks and electronic BikeLink lockers are available at this station. Regular lockers are also available through Caltrain at 650-508-6350.