The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) renamed its Mockingbird Station to SMU/Mockingbird station after the DART Board approved a naming rights agreement with the Southern Methodist University (SMU) to make it easier for visitors to find the campus and solidify the rail station’s role as a gateway to the university.
The DART Board authorized the 10-year agreement last November. SMU was officially added to the station name this month.
Mockingbird Station opened in 1997, quickly becoming an important transportation resource for SMU students, faculty, staff and visitors. A shuttle service, the SMU Express, connects the DART station to the campus a short distance away.
“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,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
Approximately 2,800 riders travel through SMU/Mockingbird Station on an average weekday, and DART’s SMU Express (Route 768) provides service to the campus from the station 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.