Service Announcements
Posted on Mar 18 2020

The COMET to Operate on a Saturday Schedule Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020

(March 18, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced today that transit in the Midlands will operate on a Saturday schedule beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. The COMET will remain operational for essential travel and riders are asked to observe social distancing practices. Essential ...

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Posted on Mar 16 2020

The COMET Takes COVID-19 Precautions and Adjusts Services

(March 16, 2020) Columbia, SC – Out of concern for the safety of the riding and general public, The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) has taken additional measures to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from affecting our passengers, drivers, employees and assets. The COMET is coordinating information with ...

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Posted on Feb 28 2020


All fixed route services will offer free rides to the polls for Saturday’s primary The COMET is helping to get people to the polls for Saturday’s Democratic Primary by offering free bus service on all fixed routes. The fare free services will be in effect all day on Saturday, Feb ...

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Posted on Jan 16 2020


(January 16, 2020) Columbia, SC – As part of the service enhancements approved by the Board of Directors in October 2018, The COMET is launching a pilot rural route which would connect the West Columbia SuperStop at Williams Drive at Charleston Highway and Batesburg-Leesville via Lexington. The service will operate, ...

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Posted on Jan 06 2020

The COMET announces real-time information available through new partner app Transit

(January 6, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET today announced an easy and user-friendly way to track your bus with the new mobile app Transit. Transit counts millions of active users in more than 200 cities worldwide and is now available for riders of The COMET who will be to ...

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Posted on Oct 08 2019

With Your Cool or Culture Pass...Ride The COMET to Fun in Columbia!

Cool and Culture Pass Users!  Why drive when you can take The COMET! Take advantage of Soda Cap Connector,  a free downtown circulator connecting many of the Downtown attractions while using the Cool Pass or Culture Pass and best of all the service is free!  For more details on the ...

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Posted on Oct 08 2019

The COMET Riders Can Now Get $2.00 Off Admission At South Carolina State Museum!

Thanks to a partnership with South Carolina State Museum, The COMET riders who show a bus pass can get $2.00 off general admission. Visit for details!  Soda Cap Connector Route 1 can get you to the front door of the South Carolina State Museum, seven days a week.  Visit here for ...

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Posted on Oct 08 2019

Route 61 Detours During Gamecock Games

Route 61 detours during Gamecock games is listed below: From COMET Central, the route will take Sumter Street to Gervais Street Left on Gervais Street Right on Millwood Ave Merge onto Devine Street Right on S. Beltline Left on Bluff Road To the regular route. Reverse route when traveling inbound. ...

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Posted on Sep 11 2019

Catch The COMET to Koger Center for The Arts and Get 10% off Box Office Tickets!

The COMET and Koger Center for the Arts have a new partnership! If you have a The COMET pass and you show it at the Koger Center for the Arts Box Office, you will get a 10% off discount off “Koger Center Presents” and University of South Carolina Symphony Performances. More details about the ...

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Posted on Jun 05 2019

$5.00 Discount for The COMET Riders Going to Palmetto Outdoor Center!

The COMET has formed another partnership with Palmetto Outdoor Center! If you ride Soda Cap Connector Route 1 and show the business card on the bus or tell the representative at the West Columbia Riverwalk Kiosk that your rode the Soda Cap, you will receive a $5.00 off of deluxe or ...

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Posted on May 27 2019

Emergency Ride Home Program

Hesitant to take the bus to work because you might need your car in an emergency? The Emergency Ride Home program provides registered The COMET Routes 44X, 53X, 92X and 93X, as well as The COMET Vanpool customers with a taxi, Lyft or Uber ride home in the event of ...

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Posted on Mar 24 2019

Catch The COMET to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College

The COMET provides bus service to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College seven days a week for theatre- goers wanting to avoid driving and parking hassles! Take The 801 from Downtown Columbia via Broad River Road and Harbison Walmart to the theatre.   Show a The COMET 1, 5, 7, ...

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The COMET in the Community

Did you know The COMET hosts events at COMET Central throughout the year and attends various events in the community? We love to bring people together through the support of local community events. During these events, you can learn more about riding the COMET and even hop on a bus during one of our lounge experiences. Plus, we usually bring freebies, promo items and more. Check out our upcoming calendar!
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Read The COMET Newsletters

Stay up to date on everything happening at The COMET by subscribing to our online newsletter. You can also find printed newsletters on the buses or at COMET Central.
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