‘Residents-only’ parking plan prompts SMU policy changes

Proposed University Park Residential Parking District mapThe University Park City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday, March 15, 2011, on a proposed residential parking district that will restrict much of the on-street parking in the SMU neighborhood to UP residents with city-issued permits.

In response, the University is changing its parking policies effective as of the Fall 2011 term. Beginning in August 2011, all students living in an SMU residence hall, or in a sorority or fraternity house, must register for a parking permit or must opt out if they do not have a vehicle at school. Students who make no parking choice will be charged the annual parking fee.

Student commuters who must drive to campus will need an SMU parking permit to park on campus.

Faculty and staff members who do not have a current parking permit but need one will be required to visit the Park ‘N Pony Office and complete a payroll deduction authorization form to get an SMU employee parking permit.

University community members received full details of the policy changes in an e-mail sent Wednesday, March 9, 2011:


SMU is fortunate to be located in a beautiful residential neighborhood, and the University is committed to being a good neighbor in our special community. One issue that deserves our attention and courtesy is the impact of parking on neighborhood streets surrounding campus. The City of University Park is considering establishing residential-only parking districts in neighborhoods adjacent to the SMU campus.

On-street parking within established residential parking districts will be restricted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only UP residents will be allowed to park on City streets within the established residential parking districts with a displayed resident parking or guest permit issued by the City of University Park. Other vehicles will be cited by the City of University Park Police Department. On-street parking on weekends or after 5 p.m. will be permitted. For additional information, visit the proposed Residential Parking Districts webpage or see the related map.

For this reason, SMU is making changes to its parking policy. Starting in the fall (August 2011), all students living in an SMU residence hall or sorority or fraternity house must register for a parking permit or must opt out if they do not have a vehicle at school. If no choice is made, residential student accounts will be charged the annual parking fee. If you are a student commuter and must drive, you will need an SMU parking permit to park on campus. Students can purchase their SMU parking permits online at Park ‘N Pony.

Faculty and staff who do not currently have a parking permit but need one must visit the Park ‘N Pony Office and complete a payroll deduction authorization form in order to get their SMU employee parking permit.

Please respect our neighbors by parking on campus rather than on the neighborhood streets.

An alternative to driving and parking on campus is to use DART and the Mustang Express shuttle for free. DART SMU Transit Passes are available at the Park ‘N Pony Office for a one time fee of only $5.00. The DART SMU Transit Pass allows unlimited access to buses and trains throughout the DART system. The free Mustang Express shuttles run between 7 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Mustang Express shuttles provide a convenient connection between the center of the SMU campus with stops on Bishop Blvd. and the Mockingbird Rail Station. When classes are in session, stops along the Mustang Express route are serviced about every 15 minutes during business hours.

The Park ‘N Pony Office is located in suite 101 of the Expressway Tower building and is open between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. For questions, additional parking information, directions or assistance, please call 214-768-7275 or visit parking@smu.edu.

Thank you.


> Learn more from the University Park City Council homepage
> Find a full-size version of the proposed Residential Parking Districts map
> Visit Park ‘N Pony online

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