Dr. John Collura

Professor

Transportation Graduate Program Director

Transportation Group Coordinator

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College of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
129  Marston Hall
130 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Phone: (413) 545-5404
Fax: (413) 545-9569

E-Mail: collura@ecs.umass.edu

 

   Full Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Transportation management and operations with an emphasis on work zone safety, emergency vehicle operations, and information technology.
  • Work zone safety and strategies.
  • Modeling driver behavior and safety impacts in the presence of emergency vehicles.

Education

Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Transportation), 1976. North Caroline State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

MSCE Civil Engineering (Transportation), 1971. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.

BSCE Civil Engineering, 1970. Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts.

Experience

  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMass Amherst, 1976-1997
  • Director, UMTC, UMass Amherst, 2004-present
  • Professor and Director, Advanced Transportation Systems and Inrfastructure Programs, Virginia Tech, 1998-2004
  • Faculty Fellow, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1992-1997
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University, 1982-1983
  • Transportation Analyst, North Carolina Department of Transportation, 1973-1976
  • Office and Field Engineer, I.F. White Construction and Contracting Company, 1971-1972

Classes Taught

CEE Engin 416/516 Transportation Systems

CEE Engin 695T Transportation Seminar

CEE Engin 410-510 Public Transportation Systems

Recent Papers Published

Ahmadjian, C., and Collura J., “A Conceptual Framework and Analytical Tools to Evaluate Alternative P3 Toll Road Lease Agreements”, ASCE Journal on Management in Engineering,  Volume 28, Issue 2, April 2012.   

Samuel, S., Gomez, R., Romoser, M., Fisher, D., Collura, J., Garder, P. “Do Advanced Yield Markings Increase Safety at Unsignalized Mid Block Crosswalks”, Transportation Research Record No. 2264, TRB, Washington D.C., 2011.    

Urena Serulle, N., Heaslip, K., Louisell, W., *Brady, B., and Collura, J.  “Quantifying Transportation Network Resiliency: A Case Study of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic”, Transportation Research Record: 2234 Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., 2011.

Paciulli, M, Collura, J., and Gao, S., “Developing an Evaluation Approach to Assess Large Scale Improvements in ITS Infrastructure: I-91 Project in Massachusetts, Transportation Research Record No. 2243, TRB, Washington D.C., 2011. 

Divekar, G., Mehranian, H., Romoser, M., Muttart, J., Garder, P., Collura, J., Fisher, D. “Predicting Route Choices of Drivers Given Categorical and Numerical Information on Delays Ahead:  Effects of Age, Experience, and Prior Knowledge”, Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation research Board, No. 2248, 2011.

Obenberger, J. and Collura, J., “Traffic Signal Preemption Transition Strategies: An Empirical Assessment”, Transportation Research Record 2035, pp. 158-168, Transportation Research Board 2007.

Collura, J. and DiPasquale, M.,, “Transportation Academy at the University of Massachusetts: A Case Study”, Transportation Research Board 2036, pp. 40-50, Transportation Research Board, 2007.    

Soo, H., Collura, J., Teodorovic, D., and Tignor, S.; “Towards the Development of a Decision Support System Framework for Advanced Traffic Signal Control System Investment Planning”, Journal on Public Transportation, National Transit Institute, 2005.

Louisell, C., Collura, John, Teodorovic, D., Tignor, Sam; “Simple Work Sheet Method to Evaluate Emergency Vehicle Preemption and Its Impacts on Safety”, Transportation Operations and Traffic Signal Systems Transportation Research Record No. 1867, Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C. 2004.

Laurie, N. L., Zhang, S., Mundoli, R., Duffy, S. A., Collura, J., and Fisher, D. L. (2004). Evaluation of alternative DO NOT ENTER signs: Failures of attention. Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour, 7, 2004.

Ghandforoush, P., Collura, J., and Plotnikov, V., “Developing a Decision Support System for Evaluating an Investment in Fare Card Collection Systems”, Journal of Public Transportation, National Urban Transit Institute, 2003.

Chang, J., Collura, J. Rakha, H., and Dion, F., “Evaluation of Service Reliability Impacts of Traffic Signal Priority for Bus Transit”, Transportation Research Record 1841, National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board, 2003.

Recent Conference Proceedings

Heaslip, K., Louisell, C., Collura, J., and Louisell, C.,  “Driver Population Adjustment Factors for Highway Capacity Manual's Work Zone Capacity Equation”, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2008.

Moriarty, K., Collura, J., Knodler, M., Ni, D., and Heaslip, H., “Using Simulation Models to Assess the Impacts of Highway Work Zone Strategies: Case Studies Along Interstate Highways in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Massachusetts: A Case Study”, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2008.

Heaslip, K., Collura, J., and Louisell, C. Evaluating Impact of Driver Behavior on Traffic Flow and Safety in Freeway Work Zones, ITS World Congress, TRB Annual Meeting, Beijing,  October, 2007.

Moriarty, K., Ni, D., and Collura, J., Modeling Traffic Flow Under Emergency Evacuation Conditions”, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2007.

Obenberger, J. and Collura, J., “Traffic Signal Preemption Strategies: An Empirical Assessment”, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2007.

Collura, J., “Transportation Academy at the University of Massachusetts: A Case Study”, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2007.

Heaslip, K., Collura, J., and Louisell, C. An Algorithm to Assess the Impacts of Driver Behavior in Work Zones, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2007.

Louisell, C., Collura, J., Teodorovic, D., and Tignor, S. “Evaluating the Benefits of Emergency Vehicle Preemption”, Proceedings of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board, Washington D. C., 2005.

Soo, H., Collura, J., and Teodorovic, J., “Transit Signal Priority and Emergency Vehicle Preemption”, Proceedings of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., 2005.

Grizta, N., Collura, J. and Teodorovic, D. “Evaluating Emergency Vehicle Characteristics”, Proceedings of the Transtech Conference, Athens, September 2004.

Deshpande, V., Collura, J., and Tignor, S. “Assessing Transit Signal Priority Strategies Using Simulation Modeling”, ITS World Congress, Nagoya, November 2004.

Recent Research Contracts Funded

Wayne Burleson, John Collura, Kevin Fu, Marguerite Zarrillo, NSF, CISE Collaborative Research: Pay-as-you-Go Security and Privacy for Integrated Transportation Payment Systems. $1.3 million July 2010 to June 2013

John Collura, New England University Transportation Center, “Decision Support Systems for Evaluating Alternative Financing Approahes”, $60,000; June 2012 to December 2013.   

John Collura, Michael Knodler, Song Gao, and Daiheng Ni, New England University Transportation Center, Fellowships and Technology Transfer”, $200,000; June 2012 to December 2013.

John Collura, Michael Knodler, and Daiheng Ni, U.S. DOT; August 2005 to March 2013; “U.S.DOT University Transportation Center”, $1,930,000.    

John Collura, “Massachusetts Cooperative Research Program”, Massachusetts DOT, $919,000, July 2012 to June 2015.

John Mullin, John Collura, Henry Renski, and Robert Nakosteen, “Economic Impacts of Transit Vehicle Facility Locations”, $85,000, MassDOT, December 2011 to June 2012.     

Michael Knodler and John Collura, Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works,  “Coping with the Aging Driver Population”, January 2010 to December 2011, $185,000.

Aura Ganz, and John Collura, New England University Transportation Center, “Navigation Systems in Subway Systems for the Blind and Sight Impaired”, $60,000; June 2012 to December 2013.   

Eleni Christofa and John Collura, New England University Transportation Center, “Evauation of Transit Signal Priority Systems Using Person Delay Measures”, $60,000; June 2012 to December 2013.   

Allan Byam and John Collura, U.S. DOT Federal Transit Administration, “ A Certificate Program on Public Transit Management and Operations, $140,000; January 2012 to December 2013.  

John Collura, Intelligent Transportation Society of America. “ITS Concepts and Applications for Local Areas:  Integrating ITS Concepts and Applications into LTAP Work Programs", June 2007-June 2007, $25,000.

John Collura, New England University Transportation Center. “Transit Signal Priority Short Course”, September 2005-August 2008, $21,288.

John Collura, Mike Knodler, and Daiheng Ni, New England University Transportation Center. Fellowships, September 2006-August 2008, $63,000.

John Collura, New England University Transportation Center, “Incorporating ITS into LTAP Strategic Plans”, September 2006 to August 2008, $25,000. 

Mike Knodler and John Collura, New England Transportation Consortium, "Intelligent Intersections”, August 2008 to August 2009, $100,000.

John Collura, "A Study to Examine the Use of Signal Preemption and Priority Strategies along Arterial Streets in the Washington D.C. Region", March 2000 to September 2003,  $200,000, U.S. DOT and $507,000 VDOT.

John Collura (PI), Arlington County. “Arlington County Signal Priority Project”, March 2001 to March 2003, $81,000.

John Collura (PI), National Science Foundation. "Research and Curriculum Development in Intelligent Transportation Systems", January 1996 to Present, $398,000.

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