SMU: Home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Parking Information for the Week of April 22, 2013

April 2, 2013

TO: Faculty, staff and students
FROM: Co-chairs, SMU Bush Dedication Oversight Committee:
Tom Barry, Vice President for Executive Affairs and
Brad Cheves, Vice President for Development and External Affair
SUBJECT: IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION FOR BUSH CENTER DEDICATION APRIL 24–26

As you know, the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication is Thursday, April 25, with related activities on April 24 and 26. These will be exciting days for SMU as we welcome a large number of visitors to our campus from throughout the nation and world to experience our hospitality and enjoy our campus amenities.

Toward that end, reducing the number of vehicles on and around campus will be necessary to facilitate a positive experience for our community, neighbors and special visitors, as well as to support security measures for the many dignitaries in attendance, from U.S. presidents to foreign heads of state. 

To accommodate these events while keeping teaching schedules on track, an SMU staff team has worked for several weeks to develop a parking plan reflecting the following priorities:

  1. Essential personnel, such as security officers from SMU and external agencies, along with designated SMU administrators, must park on campus and be able to come and go to fulfill their responsibilities.
  2. Students who live on campus must have confidence that they can retain easy access to their classes.
  3. Faculty who teach on a specific day must be able to park on campus to facilitate class schedules.

For these reasons, a parking plan was devised to reserve campus spaces for those listed above – but in different locations from their usual parking assignments. Locations are described below.

All other students, faculty and staff who drive to campus will be asked to use alternative means of transportation and parking for April 24–26 or to park in an off-site location, outlined below.

WHO CAN PARK ON CAMPUS

  1. Faculty, students and staff in locations not affected by reserved areas for dedication events.
    Those normally assigned to campus lots B, D, E, F, I, O, U and those who work east of Central Expressway may park as usual in those locations, with no change. Those with G permits for Meadows Museum garage may park there on Wednesday, April 24, until 9 p.m. and after 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25.

  2. Faculty with teaching responsibilities
    Faculty with classroom teaching responsibilities
    April 24–26 may park in the Law garage at 3330 Daniel Ave. on the specific day of their classes. Law garage parking is not available April 24–26 for faculty coming to campus for non-teaching activities. Faculty will receive permits for entry on their teaching days. Further information will be forthcoming in subsequent notices.

    Faculty with no teaching assignments April 24-26 must use the alternative options explained below.

  3. Students living on campus
    Students living on campus must relocate their vehicles
    to the Airline garage or the University Boulevard commuter lot after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, until 5 p.m. Friday, April 26. Resident students will be able to park in the Simmons lot on an overflow basis, so it will not be available to staff normally assigned there. 
     
  4. Those with handicapped parking permits
    Handicapped parking
    will be reserved in the Airline garage on Level 1 for those with handicapped parking permits.

    Giddy Up service will operate during special hours April 24–26, from 6 a.m. – 3 a.m., with service running from the east end of the Dedman Life Sciences Building, near the Airline garage and the Val and Frank Late Fountain.

  5. Students living in Greek houses
    Sorority residents can park in their usual parking lots.

    Fraternity residents can park in their usual lots, but with some limitations, as follows:
    • Residents of fraternity houses on SMU Boulevard and Dyer Street who park in the Dyer Court lot or along the SMU alley must enter and exit the area from Airline Road. Dublin Street will be closed on Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25.
    • Residents of the Sigma Chi house at the corner of Airline Road and Binkley Avenue can remain parked in their lot, but will not be able to move their cars while Binkley Avenue is closed on Thursday, April 25. Residents should relocate their cars only if they must have access to them on Thursday, April 25.

WHO MUST USE ALTERNATIVE PARKING ARRANGEMENTS

  • commuting students
  • staff (except those designated as essential by their supervisors, or those assigned to lots not affected)
  • faculty with no teaching assignments April 24–26

We encourage use of mass transit, car-pooling and drop-off rides. As a courtesy to our neighbors, and to minimize congestion, please avoid parking on streets surrounding campus.

If you must be dropped off, please avoid the eastern and southern segments of campus, as well as Central Expressway and Mockingbird Lane, which must accommodate the largest influx of visitor and security vehicles. Approach SMU from the north and walk into campus from Hillcrest. Shuttles to campus will follow a similar route.

Likewise, parents dropping off and picking up children from SMU Day Care should use Hillcrest to enter/exit the lot between Perkins School of Theology and Highland Park United Methodist Church. Bishop Boulevard will be closed on Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25.

Following are other options:

  1. Free DART transit to Mockingbird Station
    Faculty, staff and students will be provided with free DART transit passes. These will be distributed at Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom on Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10. At other times, DART transit passes will be available at the Parking and ID Card Services (formerly Park ’N Pony) office in Expressway Tower, 6116 North Central Expressway, suite 101, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    The Mustang Express, including service to and from Mockingbird Station, runs from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday-Saturday, with service approximately every 15 minutes. The week of April 22 26, an additional shuttle will be added to run from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. It will be dedicated to operation between Mockingbird Station and the main campus only.

  2. Designated off-campus parking
    Off-campus parking will be available for SMU April 24-26 at Reunion Center parking garage downtown from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Access the garage from 316 Hotel Street just north of Memorial Drive (where shuttles will be located). Shuttles will run to and from campus approximately every 20 minutes. Security will be provided at the garage, and an attendant will be on site for anyone needing special assistance.
Giddy Up service will operate during special hours April 24–26, from 6 a.m. – 3 a.m. Service will run from the shuttle stop at the north end of the pedestrian mall, located at the east end of the Dedman Life Sciences Building near the Airline garage and the Val and Frank Late Fountain.

Students, faculty and staff who use DART or the Reunion parking garage, or who are dropped off on campus, will be provided with a free cab ride home in the event of an emergency.

TRAFFIC AND LOT CLOSURES DURING DEDICATION WEEK

  • Bishop Boulevard: traffic restricted to authorized vehicles on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 2426.
  • SMU Boulevard and Airline/Dublin Road and Boedeker: closed to all traffic Thursday, April 25.
  • University Boulevard, Boaz Lane and Hyer Lane: closed to all traffic Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25.
  • Moody garage: closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28. 
  • Binkley garage: closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, until 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.
  • Meadows garage and South Quad lot: closed Wednesday, April 24, from 9 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25.
  • Law garage: reserved for teaching faculty and essential personnel from 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, until 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.
  • Airline garage and student commuter lot: reserved for handicapped parking (Airline garage) and resident parking from 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, until 5 p.m. Friday, April 26. 
  • A-lot near Perkins Administration: closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 24–26.

As with all events involving high levels of visibility and security, traffic and parking plans are subject to change. We must remember that the safety and security of the campus community and of our special visitors will be paramount in finalizing the details of dedication week. Arrangements that may seem puzzling or arbitrary have valid reasons behind them, made by a team of experts in every aspect of high-profile event execution and security. Please check the website at smu.edu/wheretopark, which will be in effect by Friday, April 5, for any updates to the plans described above. A map will be posted on the SMU website. Additional communications will be sent to provide further information. Questions can be directed to the Parking and ID Card Services Office at parking@smu.edu or 214-768-7275.

Most of all, thank you for your patience during these special days, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for SMU to show new campus visitors the hospitality for which we are known.

AND FOR OUR ENJOYMENT…

Don’t forget there will be special activities related to the Bush Center for the entire campus to enjoy. These include:

  • April 19 Founders’ Day celebration starting at 10:30 a.m. on the Main Quad as SMU’s official welcome to the Bush Center.
  • April 25 campus simulcast of the dedication ceremony starting at 9 a.m. for check-in, McFarlin Auditorium and an outdoor location to be determined.
  • April 25 block party and lighting of the Bush Center’s Freedom Hall, co-sponsored by SMU and the Bush Center, starting at 5 p.m. on the intramural field.
  • April 29, a special preview day at the Bush Library and Museum for faculty, staff and students and ongoing free admission with an SMU I.D. after the facility opens to the public May 1.

Again, thank you for your support as we prepare to roll out the SMU red carpet to visitors from around the world to our campus and to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, an incredible resource for today and for the long term.