Changes in SMU employee parking rates take effect for payroll-deduction plans beginning in August 2015

SMU faculty and staff members enrolled in the University’s Pre-tax Parking Deduction Plan will see an increase in their payroll deductions for parking after their permits are renewed in August 2015.

Payroll deductions for employees paid biweekly will increase from $12 to $14 each pay period beginning with the August 14, 2015 pay date. Payroll deductions for employees paid monthly will increase from $26 to $28 monthly beginning with the August 31, 2015 pay date. The payroll deduction amount will change automatically; no action on your part is required.

Parking rates for SMU employees changed effective June 1, 2015. However, annual employee parking permits expire on August 1 of each year, and the existing rates have carried over for the past two months.

You may change your election to participate in the SMU Pre-tax Parking Plan at any time. Complete and submit a SMU Pre-tax Parking Deduction Election Authorization form to the Parking and ID Card Services Office and return your current parking permit. The change will become effective on the first of the month following your change in election, subject to processing timelines established by the SMU Payroll Office.

Find a Pre-tax Parking Deduction Election Authorization on the SMU Parking and ID Card Services website:

By | 2015-07-31T11:24:38+00:00 July 31, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

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).

By | 2012-08-21T10:08:55+00:00 August 21, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dedman Center parking lot closes permanently Jan. 9, 2012

To prepare for construction of SMU’s new student housing, the parking lot at the University’s Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports has closed permanently as of Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Dedman Center patrons have been requested to park in the Moody, Meadows or Binkley garages.

The Department of Recreational Sports has responded to the parking changes with a new Giddy Up golf cart service program to begin the first day of Spring 2012 classes, Tuesday, Jan. 17. The planned route will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to and from Dedman Center to Mustang Plaza, and from Binkley Avenue to Dedman Center and Loyd All-Sports Center, returning to Dedman Center. The 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Giddy Up route will make the same stops as the morning route and will also include Bishop Boulevard.

For more information as it develops, visit the Recreational Sports homepage at

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)

By | 2011-08-26T11:47:50+00:00 August 26, 2011|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , |

Scheduled repairs will close SMU’s Peyton Parkway June 13, 2011

Peyton Parkway highlighted in red on SMU mapWeather permitting, Peyton Parkway next to SMU’s Memorial Health Center (red area on map at right) will be closed for asphalt repairs on Monday, June 13, 2011. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the day.

Vehicles normally parked in this area must be removed from Peyton Parkway by 7 a.m. on Monday or they will be relocated at the owner’s expense. Parking for permit holders is available on levels 3, 4 and 5 of the Binkley Avenue garage, in the Moody Coliseum garage and in the SMU section of the Meadows Museum garage.

The University apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions or concerns, contact the Park ‘N Pony Office, 214-768-7275.

By | 2011-06-07T14:07:13+00:00 June 7, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |
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