December 12, 2019

(December 12, 2019) Columbia, SC – The COMET is helping make the busy holiday season easier this year with two trolleys returning to the Soda Cap Connector for the free downtown route.

Both trolleys will have a festive new look for the holiday season, reminding people that the free route can help you shop the locally-owned small businesses located in the Vista, Five Points, Main Street, West Columbia and Cayce easily and stress-free.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this easy service to the people of Columbia and the visitors to our city,” said John Andoh, Executive Director and CEO of The COMET. “Using the trolleys will enhance the experience of exploring and shopping in downtown Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce in a fun and interesting way. We hope that the excitement of a trolley ride encourages more people to take advantage of this great service.”

The service is free to ride and operates Sunday thru Wednesday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Thursday thru Saturday 9 a.m. until Midnight.

“Supporting small businesses is so important and it’s easy to do if you take The COMET,” said Matt Kennel, CEO of the City Center Partnership. “Taking the trolleys means less congestion during the busy holiday season and not having to worry about parking while shopping.”

The Soda Cap Connector is a simple system of dedicated routes that connect riders to major Columbia destinations, including State Museum, the Vista, Mainstreet District, the State House, Five Points, Allen University, Benedict College, West Columbia, Cayce, the Convention Center, UofSC and Segra Park, as well as other destinations of interest. Look for Soda Cap Connector signs at various stops in downtown Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce.

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About The COMET:  The COMET is a service of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority and provides countywide public transit services on 34 fixed routes, four ReFlex services, vanpool service for commuters, subsidy programs with Uber and Lyft and DART for transportation to grocery stores and at night, ADA complementary paratransit service throughout Richland and eastern Lexington Counties and eight Blue Bike bikeshare stations in Downtown Columbia. The COMET transports approximately 2.8 million passenger trips a year on a fleet of 81 buses and vans. Transit services are provided under contract with Transdev, Enterprise Holdings, Lyft, Uber and Bewegen. For additional The COMET information, please call (803) 255-7100, TDD/TTY: 711 through the relay service, email: or visit

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