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Executive Photo CARRIE BOWEN
District Director

California Department of Transportation District 7 Director Carrie Bowen’s number one priority for the Los Angeles and Ventura counties’ State freeway and highway system is safety. These vital arteries handle more than 100 million vehicle miles traveled daily. Bowen oversees the safe and sustainable operation and maintenance of this system that has a construction program of more than $2.3 billion along with the District’s 2,500 employees.

Bowen was appointed to this position in April 2014 and has worked for Caltrans for approximately 25 years. She is a respected professional in environmental planning; has prepared complex environmental documents; and has directed environmental work in 20 counties and staff in four districts in Caltrans’ Central Region. Bowen was instrumental in the success of Caltrans’ preparation for and implementation of National Environmental Protection Act delegation.

In 2009 Bowen was the California High Speed Rail Authority’s Central California Regional Director, advising and assisting the CEO. As the focal point for regional high-speed rail project issues, she created coalitions and fostered support with state, regional and local elected officials, planning organizations and the general public to resolve problems, efficiently implement project objectives and build communication strategies. This Central Valley segment is now under construction.

In addition to working at Caltrans, Bowen also served on the staff of then-Assemblyman Jim Costa from 1985 until 1991, advising the assemblyman on a variety of key Central Valley issues including transportation projects and high-speed rail.

Her vision is to be innovative and work with our partners to improve livability and sustainability while improving safety in our transportation system. She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the boards of directors for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Ventura Country Transportation Commission and the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Transportation Seminar – Los Angeles.

Bowen graduated in 1983 from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration.


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Phone: (213) 897-3656
Fax: (213) 897-3836

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California Department of Transportation
District 7
100 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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