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Effective for 1/6/2022 – Route 55 will NOT travel down Hardscrabble Rd. due to a gas leak in the area. Service will resume once it is safe to do so. Effective Immediately, The COMET and Soda Cap bus stop at 1401 Assembly St. (Assembly Washington NB (867) will be inactive due to construction through March 2023. Affected routes: Soda Caps 1 & 4 COMET: 21,42, 44x, 61,91,92, and 401 Effective immediately: NO eating/drinking on the buses until the pandemic is over in order to comply with the Federal mask requirements Effective Immediately, per CDC Guidelines, Masks Must Be Worn When Using The COMET and Accessing its Facilities! TransLoc and My Transit Manager is not available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A new system will be available in March of 2021
The Comet
The Comet

DART Service

If you have a disability that prevents you from using The COMET fixed route system, you may qualify for Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART) service.

DART is a origin-to-destination, advance reservation, shared-ride transportation service. There are no restrictions on the purpose or frequency of reservations. Riders going in the same general direction are grouped together to share rides. A fleet of small buses provides DART service. Each is equipped with wheelchair lifts and can accommodate four wheelchairs.

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Please be advised that free transportation will be provided to and from in-person functional assessments for applicants seeking DART eligibility. Also note that Paratransit operates the same days and hours as fixed routes and only within 3/4 of a mile of routes.  Use the map below to see the full service area.  Please note this area changes during the day depending on which routes are in service.  Use the legend by selecting the arrows (>>) to choose between weekday and weekend services.

How to Reach DART?

Reservations: 803-255-7123

Dispatch: 803-255-7124

Monday – Sunday:9:00AM- 5:00PM

Where is my bus?   New service coming soon.


Each one-way trip is $4.00.  10-Ride Passes are available for $40.00. DART Vans can accept only cash only via the farebox. Or you may mail your check to:


Attn: Ticket Orders

3613 Lucius Road

Columbia, SC 29201

Please make checks payable to The COMET.

You can also pay for DART fares on the Catch The COMET app.

DART Applicants

To qualify for DART service, applicants must be unable to reasonably access and/or use The COMET fixed route systems independently. Those who wish to use the DART system can be certified as eligible by completing an application and following the short eligibility review process.

Applications are available in multiple formats for your convenience. Only one version of the application is required to be completed in order to begin the eligibility certification process. To download or print out the application click the link below:

DART Eligibility Application

You may also request an application by calling 803-255-7100, by emailing, or by writing to: The COMET, 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC 29201.

You may also apply online here: 

The COMET will notify applicants within 21 days of receiving a completed application of his/her eligibility status. If an applicant has not been notified within the 21 days of a completed application, he/she will be granted presumptive eligibility and will be able to use DART services on the 22nd day until a determination has been rendered.

*Completed application means completed the in-person assessment as well as the paper application.

Accessibility on The COMET

At The COMET, we’re committed to meeting the accessibility needs of our passengers. Our fixed route buses are specially designed to provide access to all passengers. The COMET buses have the ability to kneel, which lowers the first step height at the front door. To use this function, simply ask the driver to activate the kneeling feature when the bus door is opened for you.

The COMET buses are also equipped with hydraulic lifts or ramps that allow persons with mobility limitations to board. Passengers using wheelchairs, walkers or crutches, as well as passengers with other mobility limitations, may use the lift by simply notifying the bus driver before boarding the bus.

  • The lifts can accommodate mobility devices that meet ADA guidelines
  • Each lift is located at the rear doors of the bus or the front of the bus, depending on the bus type
  • Wheelchair securing devices are located directly across the aisle from the rear door or behind the drivers seat
  • Each bus has two restraint devices designed to secure wheelchairs while the bus is in motion
  • Seats located over the restraints fold up to allow wheelchairs to be secured
  • If you need to use the lift to board the bus, your driver will assist you
  • Drivers will also help secure wheelchairs.
DART Appeal Process


ADA Coordinator

If you have any questions or concerns regarding ADA related services, please contact us at 803-255-7129 or use our contact form here.

See the link below for our procedures in investigating ADA complaints:

ADA Complaint Process

For complaints about ADA service, please click on the word “contact” listed below: