ProfessorĀ 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


  • 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



Click here to see Dr. Furth’s TEDx talk, Creating Successful Bicycle Networks in Boston (2014)

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 bicycle transportation, including bikeway design, bicyclist safety, 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.


Honors and 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 Affiliation

  • Transportation Research Board
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Boston Cyclists Union (Board member)
  • Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition
  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy (Access Committee)