Peter G. Furth

Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Office

  • 437 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.2447

Research Focus

Traffic signal control; transit signal priority; transit operations modeling; transit data collection and sampling

Education

  • Ph.D., Transportation Systems, MIT, 1981
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, MIT, 1980
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, MIT, 1977

Honors & Awards

  • 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
  • 2017 ITE Innovation in Education Award
  • 2004 Best Paper – Committee on Traffic Signal Systems, Transportation Research Board
  • 1987 Best Paper – Committee on Transit Performance and Management, Transportation Research Board
  • 1985 Excellence in Teaching – Northeastern University Chi Epsilon chapter

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Transportation Research Board

Research Overview

Traffic signal control; transit signal priority; transit operations modeling; transit data collection and sampling

Selected Research Projects

  • Low-Stress Bicycle Network Planning: New Methods for Network Analysis and Improvement, with Application in Greater Boston
    Principal Investigator, Helen and William Mazer Foundation
  • Traffic Signal Design and Operations Strategies for Non Motorized Users
    Principal Investigator, National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Selected Publications

  • P.G. Furth, Y.D. Wang, M.A. Santos, M.A., Multi-Stage Pedestrian Crossings and Two-Stage Bicycle Turns: Delay Estimation and Signal Timing Techniques for Limiting Pedestrian and Bicycle Delay, Journal of Transportation Technologies, 9(04), 2019, 489
  • P.G. Furth, P. Moser, T.V.V.K. Putta, Measuring Low-Stress Connectivity in Terms of Bike- Accessible Jobs and Potential Bike-to-Work Trips: A Case Study Evaluating Alternative Bike Route Alignments in Northern Delaware, Journal of Transport and Land Use, 11(1), 2018, 815–831
  • P.G. Furth, , A.T. Halawani, J. Li, W. Hu, B. Cesme Using Traffic Signal Control to Limit Speeding Opportunities on Bidirectional Urban Arterials, Transportation Research record, 2672(18), 2018, 107-116
  • M.B. Lowry, P. Furth, T. Hadden-Loh, Prioritizing New Bicycle Facilities to Improve Low-Stress Network Connectivity, Transportation Research, 86, 2016, 124-140

Faculty

Sep 18, 2020

Peter Furth Receives 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from Association of Pedestrians & Bicycle Professionals

Peter Furth, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP).

Faculty

Jun 11, 2019

A New Push to Expand Ferry Service in Boston Harbor

CEE Professor Peter Furth was interviewed by Boston 25 News in the article "A New Push to Expand Ferry Service in Boston Harbor" about the impact this idea would have for the city.

Faculty

Apr 09, 2019

FY20 TIER 1 Award Recipients

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.

Faculty

Feb 08, 2019

Northeastern researchers proposed steps two years ago to make Centre Street in West Roxbury safer for pedestrians

A proposal created by CEE Professor Peter Furth and Huijie Gao, MS'17 about making a traffic area safer in West Roxbury was featured in the Universal Hub article "Northeastern researchers proposed steps two years ago to make Centre Street in West Roxbury safer for pedestrians."

Undergraduate

Sep 04, 2018

Civil Engineering Student Receives Amtrak Engineering Scholarship

Ariella Liebman, BSCE 2020, was one of only five students to win a 2018 Amtrak Academic Scholarship.

Faculty

Aug 31, 2018

Local Towns get Creative to Curtail Cut-Through Traffic from Map Apps

CEE Professor Peter Furth was interviewed by Boston 25 News in the article “Local Towns get Creative to Curtail Cut-Through Traffic from Map Apps” for his expertise in traffic flows.

Faculty

Apr 02, 2018

In With the New: the Green Line Fleet is Getting Bigger

CEE Professor Peter Furth was quoted in the Daily Free Press article “In with the new: the Green Line fleet is getting bigger.”

Faculty

Mar 05, 2018

Highway Breakdown: Unclear Signs, Poor Lines Lead to Confusion on I-95

CEE Professor Peter Furth was interviewed by NECN in the article “Highway Breakdown: Unclear Signs, Poor Lines Lead to Confusion on I-95” for his expertise in traffic safety.

Faculty

Dec 19, 2017

Low-Stress Bicycle Networks

CEE Professor Peter Furth was awarded a grant from the Helen and William Mazer Foundation for a proposal entitled “Low-Stress Bicycle Network Planning: New Methods for Network Analysis and Improvement, with Application in Greater Boston.”

Faculty

Nov 07, 2017

MBTA invests in winter resilience as seasons change

CEE Professor Peter Furth was quoted in BU’s Daily Free Press article “MBTA invests in winter resilience as seasons change” describing how the trains break down when it snows.

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