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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The DART system is great.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: A lot of people bring cars. If you don't bring one you'll know plenty of people that did. You'll need a car to run errands or go out to eat. There's an SMU bus system but almost no one uses it, and I honestly don't know where it goes. Maybe across the freeway? Uber is a big part of SMU. It's more expensive than taxis, but it's much nicer and they won't take advantage of you if you're drunk.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Most students use Uber services and taxis if they don't have a car or are going out at night planning to drink.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: University students get a major discount for the Dallas public transportation service. $5 for the whole year

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I drive to and from school. There's plenty of ways to get around achool and town, i.e, Mustang Express, Giddy-Up, DART buses and trains. But I wouldn't take DART unless I wanted to buy crack or get shanked.

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Most SMU students have only seen the Mustang Express or DART bus; many have never actually been on one. This campus is car oriented-everyone has a car or has befriended someone with one. There are students that use public transportation to get around Dallas or to commute, but most of them complain about the tiresome bus schedules, especially if they are running late and need to get to class on time. The services are readily available; however, students would rather ask their friend for a lift to the airport or take an inexpensive shuttle.

Once you have become acquainted with the bus system (prepare a back-up plan), traveling around town is not extremely mind-boggling. It is a pain to stand at the bus stop in the blistering heat or unbearable cold, and the bus as well as the stations can be pretty sketchy-so befriend someone with a reliable car.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Borrow a friend's car
  • Invest in a bike
  • Take a hike
  • Take the DART for free by using your SMU Transit Pass
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the DFW airport costs about $40. To Love Field, it's about $15.
  • Super Shuttle (817) 329-2000. This shuttle offers SMU students a discounted rate of $22.75 one way to DFW, and $20.75 one way to Love Field.
  • Yellow Checker Shuttle (214) 841-1900. This shuttle also offers a special rate for SMU students: $22 to DFW and $18 to Love Field.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

SMU Escort Service

(214) 768-3333

Giddy-Up (24-hours)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Get bus schedules at or from the Perkins Administration Building

(214) 979-1111

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

DFW is approximately 22 miles away and 30 minutes driving time from SMU.

(972) 574-8888

Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field is a mere five miles from campus, and it's no more than a 10-minute drive. However, there are only two carriers at this airport: Southwest and Continental.

(214) 670-6073

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Dallas Greyhound Terminal

The Greyhound Terminal is located in downtown Dallas five miles from campus. For schedule information, call (800) 454-2487.

205 S. Lamar, Dallas

(214) 655-7082

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Dallas Amtrak Train Station

400 S. Houston St., Dallas

(214) 653-1101

The Amtrak Train Station

Is located in downtown Dallas approximately six miles from SMU.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 85 responses

  • 47% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 31% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 13% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 6% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 4% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 86 responses

  • 8% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 19% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 62% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 10% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 40 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 40 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 40 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 86 responses

  • 35% Very easy.
  • 55% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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