Eric Eidlin is a fellow with GMF’s Urban and Regional Policy Program based in DC. In May of 2017, Eric joined the City of San Jose as the City's Station and Access Planning Manager. In this role, Eric is playing a leading role in the City’s efforts to make Diridon Station a world-class train station. Eric brings a wealth of experience in high-speed rail and intermodal facility planning to the City.
As a GMF fellow, 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, which has been featured in over two dozen media outlets. Eric also received a GMF Ideas to Action mini-grant to support the implementation of the practices he researched in Europe during his fellowship.
Prior to joining the City, Eric worked as Sustainability Manager for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Region 9 office in San Francisco. There he coordinated major federal interagency initiatives and, while on loan from the FTA in 2016, he served as technical advisor on station development to the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
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. From 1999–2000, Eric studied urban sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar.
In 2014 he was named one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the field of public transportation by Mass Transit Magazine.