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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

Fare Info

All fares will resume on Monday, April 12.
Soda Cap will begin charging basic fare of $1.00 and Discount Half Fare of $.50

The COMET Fixed Route Fares

The COMET will no longer sell Basic and Discount 5-Day All Access Pass and 10-Ride Passes or DART Tokens. All sales are final and NO REFUNDS will be given.

Policy: The COMET Bus Pass Exchange Policy 00820

DescriptionFull Fare (Basic) Discount Fare*Commuter Express Fare

(44X, 92X, 93X)

One Way$2.00$1.00$4.00
All Day Pass$4.00$2.00$6.00
7-Day Pass$14.00

($2.00 per day)


($1.00 per day)


($4.00 per day)

31-Day Pass$40.00

($2.00 per day)


($1.00 per day)


($4.00 per day)

Route Deviation Fare on Flex Routes or Express Fare Up-Charge+$2.00+$1.00N/A
Transfer (60 minutes only)

Requires COMET Card


Additional Footnotes:

  • DART eligible customers ride free with DART ADA ID Card.
  • Students, employees and/or affiliates of McEntire Produce, Richland One, Richland Two, Lexington/Richland Five, Columbia College, Allen University, Midlands Technical College, Lexington Medical Center and Prisma Health can ride The COMET for free by showing their ID card.
  • UofSC Students, employees and/or affiliates can ride ONLY UofSC Transit for free.  The COMET routes and services require a fare.
  • Interlined routes do not require an additional fare.
  • The COMET employees, Board Members and Transit Operations Contractor employees ride free.
  • Children through 15 years old ride free. Children taller than 39 inches through 15 years old must have a The COMET Half Fare ID Card to ride free.
  • SWRTA and Fairfield County Transit System customers with a transfer receive one free transfer on The COMET. The COMET customers with a DayPass or Transfer receive on free transfer on SWRTA at joint stops only.
  • Children age 10 years old or older can ride unattended. Children under 10 years old must have a fare paying passenger age 16 years old or older.
  • Class Pass – $45.00 (Up to 5 adults and 40 students @ $1.00 per ride). Purchase in advance by emailing
  • The COMET Half Fare ID Card – first card is free, lost card fee is $5.00.
  • One Personal Care Attendant (PCA) rides free. All other companions pay fare for their category.
  • COMETCard – $2.00 for first card, $5.00 for lost card. Use for transfers between buses and to load 1-Day, 7-Day and 31-DayPasses.
  • U-Passes are available during Spring (January 1 to May 31), Summer (May 1 to August 31) and Fall (August 1 to December 31) semester.
    • Spring and Fall U-Passes are $80.00 and decrease $20.00 each month.
    • Summer U-Passes are $60.00 and decrease $20.00 each month.
    • Proof of college enrollment required.
    • Passes are only sold at COMET Central and Midlands Technical College – Beltline Campus.

*Qualifying identification for Discount fare includes:

·   Seniors age 65 & older (Senior Driver’s License/State ID Card)

·   Persons with Disabilities (The COMET Half Fare ID Card)

·   Veterans (Military ID Card or VA Veterans ID Card)

·   Medicare Card Holders

·   Youth 16 to 18 years old with The COMET Half Fare ID Card

DART Fares

DescriptionWithin the ADA fixed route zone of 3/4 mile on either side of The COMET route
One Way$4.00
10-RidePass$40.00 ($4.00 per ride)
Buddy Fare (5 or more fare paying eligible passengers traveling from/to same location)$2.00 per person
  • Passengers must be ADA certified or a companion to ride DART.
  • DART ADA ID Card – First card free, lost card fee – $5.00.
  • One Personal Care Attendant (PCA) rides free. All other companions pay same fare as eligible passenger.
  • Those boarding and alighting within 3/4 mile radius of the Soda Cap Connector Routes 1, 2, 3 and/or 4 can ride DART for free.


All passes for The COMET are available at COMET Central at the corner of Sumter and Laurel Street also on our website by clicking the Purchase Passes button above.

COMET Central Customer Service Hours:

 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Passes purchased online will be shipped the next business day by United States Postal Service using the delivery address entered for this transaction by the purchaser. The COMET hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Orders received after 5:00 p.m. on Friday will be mailed on the following Tuesday.
  • Cash, commuter checks (No personal or business checks accepted), and major credit/debit cards are accepted at the Transit Center.
  • The COMET does not replace or offer refunds for lost, stolen or damaged transit passes.
  • The COMET does not assume responsibility or liability for passes that are lost during shipping.
  • Use of reduced fare passes will require valid identification at the time of boarding.

All Day, 7 Day and 31 Day regular fare passes are available at the following Piggly Wiggly grocery stores from the Customer Service counter. Piggly Wiggly accepts, cash, Greenbax, or credit/debit cards.

6325 N. Main St.                                            3818 Devine Street

Columbia, SC                                                 Columbia, SC

803.786.1338                                                  803.256.3433

Passes may also be purchased with CASH ONLY  at these locations:

Eastover Town Hall

624 Main Street

Eastover, SC 29044


Springdale Town Hall

2915 Platt Springs Road

West Columbia, SC 29170


Midlands Technical College – Beltline Campus (U-Passes Only)

316 S Beltline Blvd.

Columbia, SC 29205

Columbia Visitor Center  (1-Day Passes Only)

1120 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Purchasing Passes By App or Mail:

You can also purchase all pass types using the Catch The COMET smartphone app.

Passes can also be purchased by mail.  Passes will take 7 to 10 business days. Click here for details.

Agency Discount:

  • Please call 803-255-7135 or email ( at least 48 hours in advance to place your order.
  • Discounts available for non-profits and large pass orders.
  • Donations are available for non-profit organizations.  Please call 803-255-7135 for more details.

Half-Pass Program:

Eligible persons may get The COMET Half-Pass ID for free to use with Half-Fare Passes including All-day, 7-day, and 31-day passes.  Half-Pass eligible passengers include veterans, seniors (65+), youth (ages 16 and 18), Medicare card holders, and persons with disabilities. Appropriate documentation is required to receive The COMET Half-Pass ID. The COMET ID’s Are Made at the Transit Center during operating hours or at 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia by appointment.  Call 803-255-7133, option 5 to make an appointment.

Half Fare Program and Application (4/2021)

How To Pay Your Fare:

Click here to download an information sheet on how to pay your fare.

Pass Donation Program:

Pass Donation Request Form

Please allow four (4) to six (6) weeks for processing.