Parking Alternatives and Other Services

With a DART GoPass transit pass, riders are able to commute to campus by bus and rail with public transportation that is reliable and economical.  Conveniently located within walking distance of the SMU campus, Mockingbird Station offers bus and light-rail service to and from and travel destinations.  your favorite shopping, entertainment. 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 are accessible from Mockingbird Station.

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.

The University offers discounted annual DART transit passes to benefits-eligible SMU employees. You can learn more, including how to request one, by clicking here. 

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

Information regarding how to use DART and DART  rider alerts click here

Six to 15 of people can share the ride to work or school for $335** a month for the group. 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 at no additional charge -

** PLEASE NOTE: $335 for 15-passenger vans, $315 for eight-passenger vans

Price does not include the cost of gasoline. Vanpool participants are responsible for all fuel charges. Due to the high demand for vehicles and budgetary limits, vehicles will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

DART BikeTrans

Biketrans commuting combines the cost-effectiveness of public transit with the health benefits of cycling. It's an earth-friendly alternative to commuting in a single-occupancy vehicle. Let's examine how biketrans positively impacts you and the environment. Click Here  

** Bus Route 521 Please see DARTs website for route changes 

  • 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.

 Zip Car at SMU

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


  • 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 employees
  • Simple online application and approval process 

Zipcar for SMU students, faculty and staff 

  • 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

SMU Toll Tags are now available in the Parking and ID Card Services Office 

  • Save on any toll road in Texas and TEXPress lanes and on tool roads in Oklahoma.
  • Earn prizes and surprises through TollPerks, the rewards program for TollTag customers
  • Convenient electronic payment for parking and pass-through DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field 
  • Automatic, hassle free billing
  • Tollmate - a Free app to manage and easily update your account
  • No Additional charge for up to three Toll tags per account

First time Toll Tag users may obtain a SMU Toll Tag or a standard NTTA Toll Tag by visiting our office. For details on the program please visit our office. If you are an existing Toll Tag user but would like to obtain an SMU toll Tag please visit the NTTA Toll Tag Store or call 972-818-6882 to request an exchange for a SMU toll tag.  Please have your vehicle info and credit card info ready.

SMU Permit holders can register their TollTag of one vehicle on the ID card portal to use for easy parking access to parking location authorized for their permit.   

Arroyo Seco Pedestrian And Bicycle Trail Ground Breaking - Bike And Pedestrian Sign Clipart (#2146825) - PinClipart

Dallas maintains an extensive network of trails and dedicated lanes for bicycle commuters that you may find helpful as an alternative to bringing a car to campus. The University Crossing and Ridgewood Trail, which ribbons the outer edge of the SMU campus, connects from the popular Katy Trail in uptown all the way to White Rock Lake on the east side of Dallas. Parking stands are located steps away from most University buildings.  


The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has a comprehensive list of bike and pedestrian trails in DFW located on the link below. 

North Central Texas Council of Governments - DFW Trails Websites and Videos (

This map maintained by NCTCOG displays the existing, funded, and planned trails and bikeways in the 12-county Metropolitan Planning Area.