The COMET - Central Midlands Transit

  • Address: 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: (803) 255-7100
  • Hours: Administrative hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. // Service hours: 5:45 a.m. – midnight

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The COMET brings mobility to the Midlands. Through safe, reliable and dependable transportation, local citizens and visitors are empowered to get to where they need to go.

Forward-thinking and ever-evolving to meet the needs of its riders and the community, The COMET is community-focused and committed to providing accessible transportation for everyone. The COMET offers the following services to help people get around #RealColumbiaSC

34 Fixed Bus Routes 

The COMET bus system is made up of 34 standard bus routes that run regularly, every day of the week. These routes cover the entirety of Richland and parts of Lexington counties, cross over into Newberry as well as Sumter. The regular The COMET routes are accessible by fare or pass and most routes begin and end at COMET Central, located at Sumter and Laurel Streets.

The Orbit

The Soda Cap Connector Orbit is a downtown loop with stops every half an hour. The route is free and runs seven days a week. The route runs along Sumter, Blossom, Assembly and Richland streets with stops near the State House, the University of South Carolina, Prisma Health Baptist and the Richland County Library.

Soda Cap Connector

This is a free downtown shuttle intended for locals and tourists to hop from district to district in the urban core of Columbia. The Soda Cap Connector uses trolleys and buses to service its routes – traveling between Five Points, Main Street, The Vista and over the river into Cayce and West Columbia. The Soda Cap also runs seasonally to Segra Park, home of the single-A baseball team, the Columbia Fireflies, located within the BullStreet District during home games.

Paratransit (DART)

DART is the complementary Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service for persons with disabilities unable to board The COMET buses or access a transit stop for any trip purpose. In order to use DART, customers must complete an ADA Certification Application. DART operates the same service hours as The COMET non-express fixed routes. Customers must board, travel and alight within 3/4 mile of an operating The COMET route. Please see the system map for DART service boundary.

Blue Bike SC

The Blue Bike SC program is intended to be an extension of a passenger’s transit trip. Riders on the transit system can access a code from the bus that allows 45 free minutes of use on any Blue Bike, located at various stations within downtown Columbia. The Blue Bike SC partnership expands the “first mile/last mile” opportunities for The COMET users.


Free - $80.00 More information on fares can be found at


  • Price Range Maximum: "Free - $80.00 More information on fares can be found at"
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