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Parking Alternatives and Other Services

DART Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART Transit Pass Information

With a DART transit pass, riders are able to commute to campus by bus and rail with public transportation that is reliable and economical. Use your DART transit pass for your daily commute and forget the traffic hassles and the fuel and parking costs!  Also, use your DART transit pass to get to your favorite shopping, entertainment, and travel destinations that are easily accessible by public transportation such as NorthPark Mall, Downtown Dallas, Love Field, DFW Airport, the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Arts District, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Zoo, and many more fun and exciting locations.

SMU participates in a DART Higher Education Pass Program and all currently enrolled students are eligible to receive an annual DART transit pass through the Parking and ID Card Services Office.

Current full-time benefits eligible SMU employees, part-time/temporary employees, adjuncts and eligible contract service providers can request their annual GoPass Phone App or Hard Card.

For more information on the SMU DART transit pass program click here

DART Vanpool and Carpool/RideMatch Program Information

Six to 15 of people can share the ride to work or school for $335** a month. DART Vanpool vans may receive a permit to park on campus without charge. For more information on the program managed by DART click here.

Once a van pool or ride match is set up by DART, contact the Parking and ID Office with Van Pool or Ride Share assignment details to arrange for the permit parking@smu.edu


Zipcar at SMU - Car sharing

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Skip the hassle of bringing a car to campus with ZipCar. It's a car sharing service that lets you reserve car by the hour or the day. And you never have to worry about car payments, maintenance, gas or insurance again.

Benefits

  • Reduces demand for on-campus parking; alleviates congestion
  • A sustainable alternative transportation solution that reduces your carbon footprint
  • Turnkey program includes everything you need, even gas and insurance
  • Flexible programs for faculty and staff
  • Simple online application and approval process 

Zipcar for students

  • Self-service access to cars 24/7
  • Low hourly and daily rates include gas and insurance
  • Reserve online or using your mobile device – in seconds
  • Cars located right on campus
  • Good for the environment

For more information, click here


Other Services

Giddy Up

Giddy-Up, a campus security escort service, offers free rides all over campus during regular hours of operation.

  • Available during the Fall and Spring Terms when classes are in session Monday–Sunday, 7:00 p.m.–3:00 a.m. (scheduled hours are subject to periodic adjustment). No service during student breaks, winter break or Summer Term.
  • For a ride, call 214-768-1111 or flag us down if you see us.
  • When not assisting customers, the cart will be deployed on campus to enhance campus security.

Giddy Up Service for Events and Guests

Need to reserve Giddy-Up service for an event or for VIPs? Giddy-Up service may be reserved at an hourly rate with a 24–48 hour advance notice to properly coordinate an agenda. Please see the online order form under event and guest parking services.

Reserved Giddy-Up service is: 

  • $40.00 per hour per cart ( carts subject to availability) effective June 1, 2014.
  • A 4 hour minimum is required for a reservation.
  • Each cart seats up to 6 people maximum (including driver).

To reserve Giddy-Up for your next event, fill out the Giddy-Up Reservation Form.

For additional information, please contact the Parking and ID Card Services Office.

SMU Rides

Call Cowboy Cab at 214.768.RIDE or 214.768.7433

SMU Rides is a program designed to offer students a convenient and responsible mode of transportation when one is needed. When classes are in session SMU Rides is available to students 24 hours a day and can be used for any reason with "no questions asked." It is especially designed for situations when you might lack cash, but need a safe way to get back to campus.  SMU Rides can be used anywhere at any time but the student’s SMU account will be charged for the full cost of the ride.  Students must provide their SMU ID number when calling and show their SMU ID card when entering cab.

BUS ROUTE 521

  • Two buses on route until 9am daily. After 9am one bus runs every hour on the 45 minute of the hour. 
  • On Saturday there is only southbound service route to City Place.
  • Visit 521 Information Page for maps and details. 

Driver Assistance Program

Call 214.768.3388, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The following services are available to students, faculty/staff and guests at no charge*:

  • Gas: We will provide you with a 1 gallon container of gas.
  • Tire Inflation: We will provide you with compressed air or tire sealant to inflate your tire but we cannot change flats.
  • Locked Out Service: SMU Police Officers will attempt to assist you if you’ve locked your keys in your car.
  • Stranded Vehicles: We will help you contact the provider of your choosing to obtain the roadside assistance or tow service you might need. We’ll also escort you to a secure place while you wait for assistance.

When calling for service(s)*, please provide the following information:

  • Your name and license plate number.
  • Make, model, and color of vehicle.
  • Location of vehicle and service required.

While you wait, raise the hood, if possible, and stay inside your locked vehicle until assistance arrives.

Responder will be in a Parking Services golf cart or a SMU police cruiser. You will need to sign a release of liability form and show your driver’s license.

* Driver Assistance Program (DAP) services are available on main and east campuses only.  No service to residential or commercial areas.

Bicycle-Pedestrian Trails 

North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has a comprehensive list of bike and pedestrian trails in Dallas. 









SMU Express

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SMU OUT-OF-SESSION SERVICE:

Begins Monday, May 18, 2015 through August 24, 2015.

Operates when regular undergraduate classes are not in session: Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer Break, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Good Friday.







Free shuttle service connecting SMU, Mockingbird Station and more... For more information regarding schedules and route click on SMU Express 768

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