Baypointe (VTA)

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Santa Clara VTA
VTA light rail station
Baypointe VTA 2178 13.JPG
Baypointe Station platform, 2012
Location Tasman Drive and Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, California
Coordinates 37°24′38″N 121°56′31″W / 37.410664°N 121.941912°W / 37.410664; -121.941912Coordinates: 37°24′38″N 121°56′31″W / 37.410664°N 121.941912°W / 37.410664; -121.941912
Owned by VTA
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 3
Connections Bus Routes 58, 140, 330
Disabled access Yes
Opened 1999
Preceding station   Santa Clara VTA logo.svg VTA Light Rail   Following station
toward Alum Rock
Alum Rock–Santa Teresa
toward Santa Teresa
Baypointe (VTA) is located in San Jose, California
Baypointe (VTA)

Baypointe is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, California. This station is served by VTA's Alum Rock–Santa Teresa line.

Baypointe station is differentiated from other VTA light rail stations as it features three tracks and two island platforms. When Baypointe was used as a transfer station from 1999 to 2005, light rail vehicles on the line that terminates at Baypointe would stop and reverse direction on the center track, while the vehicles on other line would use the two outer tracks. Passengers could make a cross platform transfer with either line in any direction.

Station layout[edit]

Platform Westbound toward Santa Teresa (Tasman)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Center track; No regular service
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound toward Alum Rock (Cisco Way)


Baypointe was built as part of the Tasman West extension, though it is actually just east of the original Tasman station. This extension included the Baypointe station along with 11 other stations and 7.6 miles (12.2 km) of trackway west of the Old Ironsides station (which was part of the original system opened in 1987).[1]

When this extension opened in December 1999, Baypointe station was the transfer station between what was then the "Baypointe–Mountain View" and the "Baypointe–Santa Teresa" lines. In May 2001, when the Tasman East light rail project (segment 1) extended the system to I-880/Milpitas station, Baypointe served as the northern terminus for the "Baypointe–Santa Teresa" line and became a through station for the "Mountain View–I880/Milpitas" line. In June 2004, when the Tasman East/Capitol extension opened, the line from Mountain view was changed to terminate at Baypointe and the line from Santa Teresa continued eastward to Alum Rock station.

In August 2005, VTA reconfigured its light rail lines upon completion of the Vasona light rail extension. As part of this reconfiguration, the transfer station between the newly formed Alum Rock–Santa Teresa and Mountain View–Winchester was located at Tasman station instead of Baypointe station. Baypointe is now a through station for Alum Rock–Santa Teresa line.

In 2010, VTA started express light rail service on the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa line. These trains operate nonstop from Ohlone-Chynoweth to San Jose Convention Center. The three northbound morning and southbound afternoon trains use Baypointe as their terminal. Late evening service which terminates at Tasman station on the schedule also operate to Baypointe in order for the trains to reverse back to the yard.[2]


Baypointe station is located in the median of Tasman Drive just west of Baypointe Parkway in northern San Jose, California. The address is 97 East Tasman Drive.

Station amenities[edit]

Connecting transit[edit]

VTA Bus Route 33 no longer serves this station due to bus service updates implemented on January 14, 2008.