Housing at Tamien raises questions for Caltrain parking and station access
Monday, November 2, 6-7pm
Elks Lodge 522, Willow Room, 444 West Alma Avenue, San Jose,
Tonight, City of San Jose is hosting a community meeting to review a housing and mixed use development with up to 440 units of housing, near Tamien Caltrain and light rail, on land currently used as a parking lot. Given the area’s housing shortage, the transit location is a fine place for housing.
One question is how VTA will replace the 205 parking spaces. VTA’s proposes to build a parking structure on the other side of the freeway. However that land is currently used for Caltrain parking. How will parking and station access be maintained during construction?
Less parking would be needed if Caltrain service was more frequent to the Capitol and Blossom Hill stations further south. So, the good news is that there is a proposal for more frequent Caltrain service south of Tamien included in the VTA “Call for projects” for funding from the 2016 sales tax.
For more info, see this blog post.
A copy of the original announcement can be found here.
Click on the image below to see what the parking crisis at Tamien looked like back in February 2014 (one year before the City of San Jose fenced off the northern half of the dirt parking lot).