Eric Eidlin, AICP


Community Planner, Federal Transit Administration, Region 9 (San Francisco)
Urban and Regional Policy Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States


Eric Eidlin is Community Planner and Sustainability Lead with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Region 9 office in San Francisco. At FTA, Eric provides assistance on planning and environmental issues to several transit agencies throughout California. Eric is the primary point-of-contact in his office for a number of federal interagency initiatives, including the HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the White House’s Strong Cities Strong Communities Initiative (SC2). In these capacities, he has been involved in station area planning efforts in cities located along the future California HSR route. As an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., Eric traveled to France in Germany in 2013 and 2015 to study best practices in HSR station area planning. Eric published a report summarizing that research in June 2015. The report has been featured by national news outlets, including Wired,the Atlantic, CityLab and Mother Jones.

Prior to joining the FTA, Eric worked as an urban design consultant on transit-oriented development projects in the Bay Area and elsewhere in California. Eric holds a master’s degree in urban design from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1999-2000, Eric studied urban sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar.

In 2014, Eric was named one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the field of public transportation by Mass Transit Magazine.