Founded in 1973, the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group (TRG) comprises research by renowned transportation experts who are involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of transportation innovations on a local, state, and national level. This research covers a broad spectrum of initiatives, which integrate policies and programs involving engineering, education, and enforcement.

Past and ongoing research topics include: highway and transit safety evaluation, highway risk management, GIS applications in highway and transit, transit vehicle replacement strategies, railroad grade crossing safety, traffic calming strategies, ITS applications on highway and transit operation, transit management information systems, transit seat belt usage, transit wheel chair lifts, travel demand models, bicycle safety, mobility performance measurement, and utilization of connected vehicle data.