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Peter G. Furth

Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact

  • pfurth@coe.neu.edu
  • 437 Snell Engineering Center
    360 Huntington Avenue

    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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Office

  • 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

  • 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 Publications

  • M.B. Lowry, P. Furth, T. Hadden-Loh, Prioritizing New Bicycle Facilities to Improve Low-Stress Network Connectivity, Transportation Research, 86, 2016, 124-140
  • B. Cesme, P. Furth, Self-Organizing Traffic Signals using Secondary Extension and Dynamic Coordination, Transportation Research Part C, 48, 2014, 1-15
  • P. Furth, B. Cesme, T.H.J. Muller, Lost Time and Cycle Length for an Actuated Traffic Signal, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2009, 2128, 152-160
  • P. Furth, T.H. Muller, Conditional Bus Priority at Signalized Intersections: Better Service with Less Traffic Disruption, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1731, 2000, 23-30

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.

Faculty

Nov 02, 2017

Are Rotaries about to Become a Thing of the Past in Massachusetts

CEE Professor Peter Furth was interviewed by Fox 25 in the story "Are Rotaries about to Become a Thing of the Past in Massachusetts" for his expertise in traffic safety.

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