January 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, three trips to West Columbia and two trips to Batesburg-Leesville every Thursday.  The fare for the new service is $2.00 one way and $4.00 for a day pass. Connections to other The COMET routes for travel into Columbia via Route 91 are available at the West Columbia SuperStop. 

For those that would need door-to-door assistance, the route will also deviate up to one mile off-route and passengers can “flag” the bus in between bus stops in Batesburg-Leesville only for an additional $2.00 charge.

“The goal of this new rural route is to connect eastern Lexington County with services and opportunities in western Lexington County and Richland County,” said John Andoh, Executive Director and CEO of The COMET. He added, “Should the pilot be successful, an opportunity may exist for commuter-based transportation, five days a week.”

This service is funded with rural Federal funds provided by the Federal Transit Administration through the South Carolina Department of Transportation and local funds from Lexington County.


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 83 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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