Peter G. Furth

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


437 Snell Engineering Center (mail to 400 SN)
360 Huntington Avenue
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Tel: (617) 373 – 2447
Fax: (617) 373 – 4419

Peter Furth’s transit research covers operations planning and scheduling, data collection, ridership estimation and modeling, and transit signal priority. He has been a consultant to more than 25 transit agencies nationwide.

Peter also does research in traffic signal control, with an emphasis on actuated control and signal priority for transit. He has developed a new adaptive control system, “self-organizing traffic signals,” which combines the inherent flexibility and responsiveness of actuated control with new algorithms that achieve coordination of neighboring signals without imposing a fixed cycle length.

Peter’s third area of expertise is in active transportation and safety, including bikeway design, bicyclist safety, Vision Zero, safe intersection design, and bicycle network planning and analysis. He is the inventor of the “bicycle priority lane” marking and of the Level of Traffic Stress method for evaluating bicycle routes and networks.

Creating Successful Bicycle Networks in Boston

Click here to see Dr. Furth’s TEDx talk, 2014


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


  • Traffic Signal Control
  • Traffic Simulation
  • Transit Signal Priority
  • Transit Operations Planning and Analysis
  • Transit Data Collection and Sampling
  • Bicycle Facility Design
  • Bicycle Network Evaluation and Planning

Professional Affiliation

  • Transportation Research Board
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Boston Cyclists Union (Board member)

Honors & Awards

  • 2020  Lifetime Achievement Award – Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
  • 2019 Best Paper, Transportation Research Board – Committee on Traffic Control Devices
  • 2019 FY20 TIER 1 Award, Mentored Award: Urban Form Impact: Humans, Environments, Equity – FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants
  • 2017 Innovation in Education Award – Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • 2004 Best Paper, Transportation Research Board – Committee on Traffic Signal Systems
  • 1987 Best Paper, Transportation Research Board – Committee on Transit Performance and Management
  • 1985 Excellence in Teaching – Northeastern University Chi Epsilon chapter