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Commission Names Pasadena Official as Transportation Planning Director

Shen will lead newly created Division of Transportation Planning

October 21, 2007

Eric Shen, a transportation planning official for the city of Pasadena, has been hired by the Board of Harbor Commissioners as the Director of Transportation Planning for the Port of Long Beach.

Shen has 15 years of experience in the field, including the last seven years as Transportation Planning and Development Manager for Pasadena.

At the Port of Long Beach, Shen will oversee the planning, design and development of future transportation strategies, as well as the evaluation of the current transportation system. He will help implement Green Port Policy programs to reduce air pollution from goods movement, and represent the Port to regional, state and federal transportation agencies.

The creation of the Transportation Planning Division is part of an ongoing reorganization of the Port’s administrative structure. The new division is part of the Environmental Affairs and Planning Bureau, along with Environmental Planning and Master Planning. The bureau is led by Managing Director Dr. Robert Kanter.

Shen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He regularly lectures at transportation engineering and planning courses at UC Irvine, USC and UCLA. He serves on several technical committees of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Academies of Science. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California and Alameda and a certified Professional Transportation Planner.

In Pasadena, his department’s bicycle and pedestrian programs resulted in the city being named the Most Bicycle Friendly City in 2004 by the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition. 

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