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DART News Release

Media Relations Contact:
Gordon Shattles, DART
Mark A. Ball, DART
Kim Cobb, SMU

September 3, 2019

DART Mockingbird Station Renamed SMU/Mockingbird Station

Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) Mockingbird Station has been renamed SMU/Mockingbird Station. The change comes after the DART Board approved a naming rights agreement with SMU making it easier for visitors to find the campus and cementing 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 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," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "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, SMU is a nationally ranked global research and teaching university. SMU'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 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 DARTs Red, Orange and Blue Rail lines.

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