To ensure that University Park residents who live near the SMU and Highland Park High School campuses have available on-street parking, the UP City Council voted in March 2011 to approve residential parking districts in both areas. Enforcement of the SMU parking district begins Sept. 1, 2011, according to the city’s website.
The plan restricts much of the on-street parking in the SMU neighborhood to UP residents with city-issued permits. Vehicles without a sticker are subject to receiving a ticket.
In response, the University changed 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.
An alternative to driving and parking on campus is to use Dallas Area Rapid Transit (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 $5. The DART SMU Transit Pass allows unlimited access to buses and trains throughout the DART system.
The free Mustang Express shuttles run 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The buses provide a convenient connection to the main campus from the Mockingbird and Lovers Lane DART Rail stations, with several stops on Bishop Boulevard. The Mustang Express route is serviced about every 15 minutes during business hours when classes are in session.
The Park ‘N Pony Office is in Suite 101 of the Expressway Tower building in SMU’s East Campus area and is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. For questions, additional parking information, directions or assistance, contact Park ‘N Pony, 214-768-7275.
> SMU Forum: “Residents-only” parking plan prompts SMU policy changes
> Visit the City of University Park homepage for a full list of the zoned streets and blocks
> Download a full-sized version of the approved SMU Residential Parking District map (PDF format)