Mustang Express now offering Saturday service

Mustang Express

Mustang Express now offering Saturday service

SMU’s Mustang Express now operates on Saturdays. The popular free rides serving the Bishop Boulevard, Greenville Avenue and Amesbury Drive areas via the Mockingbird Lane Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) station begin Saturday rounds Aug. 25, 2012.

The shuttles will follow the non-session weekday schedule while fall and spring classes are in session. Mustang Express service runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, with service about every 20 minutes at each stop. (Construction on Airline Road is expected to create some shuttle delays until December 2012.)

Faculty and staff members who plan to make DART a part of their daily commute can purchase transit passes through Parking and ID Card Services (Park ‘N Pony) at the discounted DART Corporate Employer rate. In addition, transit-pass subsidies are available for qualifying employees who don’t park a car on campus and do not purchase an SMU parking sticker.

Students can get a DART transit pass for a one-time charge of $5. Renewals are free.

All DART transit passes must be pre-ordered online. For more information, contact Parking and ID Card Services, 214-768-7275 (214-SMU-PARK).

August 21, 2012|News|

Enforcement of UP’s residents-only parking zones begins Sept. 1, 2011

The final SMU Residential Parking District map from the City of University ParkTo 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)

August 26, 2011|News, Save the Date|

‘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

March 9, 2011|News|

2011 transit passes now available from Park ‘N Pony

DART logoSMU’s 2011 Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) passes are available beginning Dec. 1. They’re free to current faculty and staff members and distributed by the Park ‘N Pony office on the 1st floor of Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expressway, in SMU’s East Campus.

Visit Park ‘N Pony any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up the new pass, good through December 2011. Show your current SMU transit pass and SMU ID to receive your free renewal, or get a new transit pass with your SMU ID.

New passes and replacements for lost ones carry a one-time $5 set-up fee. Current passes will expire on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.

The SMU/DART transit pass allows unlimited free rides on DART buses and trains, as well as on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Dallas and Fort Worth and on The T, operated by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.

For more information, call Park ‘N Pony at 214-768-7275 (214-768-PARK) or visit the Park ‘N Pony website.

December 1, 2010|News|

DART to Park ‘N Pony for 2010 transit pass

DART logoForget to renew your transit pass? Don’t forget to visit Park ‘N Pony for a new Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) card, good through Dec. 31, 2010. They’re free to current faculty and staff members and available now in the Park ‘N Pony office on the first floor of Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expressway, in SMU’s East Campus.

Show your current SMU transit pass and SMU ID to receive your free renewal, or get a new transit pass with your SMU ID. (New passes and replacements for lost ones carry a one-time $5 set-up fee.)

The SMU/DART transit pass allows unlimited free rides on DART buses and trains, as well as on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Dallas and Fort Worth and on The T, operated by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. For more information, contact Park ‘N Pony, 214-768-7275 (214-768-PARK).

January 19, 2010|News|
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