The COMET Restores Limited Soda Cap Connector Service

April 8, 2020

 (April 8, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced today that it is restoring limited service of the Soda Cap Connector, effective Wednesday, April 8.

Soda Cap Connector #1, which travels the loop from downtown Columbia to Cayce/West Columbia via Gervais Street, will run daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at 30-minute intervals. The decision was made after The COMET received feedback from riders mostly citing the need to get to work.

“We have had a number of our riders reach out to us saying that they depend on this route to access their jobs and other vital resources,” said John Andoh, Executive Director/CEO. “The COMET is an essential mode of transportation in the Midlands that is committed to connecting citizens to the places they need to go safely and reliably.”

In order to ensure the practice of social distancing, the Soda Cap Connector buses will be primarily used due to the size and configuration of the vehicles. Soda Cap Connector #2, which travels from Main Street to Five Points, and Soda Cap Connector #4, which is The Orbit serving the UofSC campus, as well as Soda Cap Connector #3, which shuttles to Segra Park during the Fireflies baseball season, remain suspended. This limited service schedule will be in effect until further notice.


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, five 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 more than 80 buses, vans and trolleys. 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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