DART has renamed Mockingbird Station SMU/Mockingbird Station after the DART Board approved a naming rights agreement with Southern Methodist University. The name change makes it easier for visitors to find the campus and cements the rail station’s role as a gateway to the university.
The DART Board authorized the 10-year agreement last November and the name change took place this summer. Mockingbird Station opened in 1997, quickly becoming an important transportation resource for the Southern Methodist University’s students, faculty, staff and visitors. A shuttle service, the Mustang Express, connects the DART station to the university campus a short distance away.
“We have so many activities on our campus we want to share with our neighbors, including SMU’s first home football game against the University of North Texas on Saturday, Sept. 7,” SMU President, R. Gerald Turner, said. “Taking DART to SMU/Mockingbird Station is an easy way to get to a wide variety of SMU events – from Division I sporting events, to lectures and artistic performances, as well as to the George W. Bush Presidential Center.”
Entering its second century, Southern Methodist University is a nationally ranked global research and teaching institution. The university’s alumni, faculty and nearly 12,000 students in seven degree-granting schools deliver economic impact and intellectual capital to the Dallas area. Approximately 2,800 riders travel through SMU/Mockingbird Station on an average weekday, and DART’s Mustang Express provides service to the campus for approximately 500 riders each weekday.
SMU/Mockingbird Station is located in Dallas on Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway (US 75). It is served by the North Central segment of DART’s Red, Orange and Blue Rail lines and several bus routes including the SMU Express (Route 768).
Join DART and Southern Methodist University for a pep rally Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2-2:30 p.m. at SMU/Mockingbird Station. Bring your school spirit in preparation for the football game later that night between Southern Methodist University’s Mustangs and the University of North Texas’ Mean Green at SMU Ford Stadium at 6 p.m.
Gordon Shattles, DART
Mark A. Ball, DART
Kim Cobb, SMU