Comet Transportation

Springdale residents can take advantage of Comet's affordable weekday and weekend routes to downtown Columbia! Route 28 stops are located on Platt Springs Rd. and Airport Blvd.

All tickets for The COMET are available at the Transit Center at the corner of Sumter and Laurel Street. Cash, commuter checks (No personal or business checks accepted), and major credit/debit cards are accepted there.

You can also purchase passes using the Catch The COMET smartphone app.

There are several fare options available for The COMET Fixed Route bus service:


  • Standard one-way: $1.50
  • Senior Citizens: $0.75 (for those 65 & over with Valid Photo ID)
  • Medicare Recipients: $0.75 (Medicare Card & Valid Photo ID)
  • Agency Discount: Please call 803-255-7135 for details.

Agency Discount:

Half-Pass Program:

Eligible persons may get The COMET Half-Pass ID for free to use with Half-Fare Passes including All-day, 5-day, 7-day, and 31-day cards.  Half-Pass eligible passengers include veterans, seniors (65+), youth (ages 16 and 17), Medicare card holders, and persons with disabilities.  Appropriate documentation is required to receive The COMET Half-Pass ID.

For the Half Pass Application, click the link below:

Half Fare Program and Application

The COMET ID’s Are Made:

Regular Passes:

  • All Day Pass: $3.00
  • 5 Day Pass: $12.00
  • 7 Day Pass: $14.00
  • 31 Day Pass: $40.00
  • 10-RIDE Pass: $12.00
  • Children 15 & under: Free with valid COMET ID (If taller than the fare box a COMET ID is needed.  Please call 803-255-7133 for details & an appointment
  • 10 years old & under must be accompanied by a paying adult

College Pass:

  • U-Pass – A semester pass that college students can purchase at a prorated cost for unlimited transit access
    • A current, valid College ID is needed along with this pass
    • Diminishes in price in month into the semester until it reaches $20
    • Summer & Fall U-Pass overlap in August
    • Spring & Summer U-Pass overlap in May

Fall Semester U-Pass:           

August $80       September $60         October $40

November $20     December $20

Spring Semester U-Pass:      

January $80      February $60           March $40

April $20               May $20

Summer Semester U-Pass:    

May $60            June $40                   July $20

August $20

All Day, 10-RIDE, and 31 Day passes are available at the following Piggly Wiggly grocery store from the Customer Service counter. Piggly Wiggly accepts, cash, or credit/debit.

Store #119
6325 N. Main St.

Store #70
3818 Devine St.

Please call the appropriate store to see which passes are available.

How To Pay Your Fare

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

Fare Details:

Senior Citizens Fares

Individuals 65 years old and older are also eligible for a discounted fare. You need only show a valid form of identification that includes a date of birth when boarding a bus. In addition, all individuals bearing a valid Medicare Card qualify for this discounted fare of $0.75.


Children 15 years old or younger ride free. Children 10 and under are not permitted to ride Fixed Route unless they are accompanied by a paying passenger. Children under 10 are not permitted to ride The COMET’s DART services unless an adult accompanies them for the duration of their trip.

Multi-Ride & Multi-Day Passes

You can purchase a 10-Ride pass or multi-ride passes for All Day (as many rides as you wish within the operating hours of that day), 5, 7, or 31 days at the Transit Center, which is located at the corner of Sumter and Laurel Street.

Tickets can be purchased at the Transit Center:

a) Weekdays from 7am – 7pm

b) Weekends from 8am – 5pm

Passes can also be purchased from the Piggly Wiggly grocery stores listed above.

Multi-Ride Passes are accepted on all The COMET Fixed Bus Routes. Please take care of your multi-ride pass(es). Lost, stolen or damaged passes cannot be replaced. Please do not bend passes and keep them away from magnets, water and extreme temperatures. We’ll give you protectors free of charge with the purchase of a pass.

10-Ride Pass

Pass is valid for 10-rides and expires after one year. The pass can be purchased at the Transit Center (with cash, check or a major credit/debit card) or on any COMET bus with cash. The Transit Center is located at the corner of Laurel and Sumter St. (1745 Sumter Street Columbia SC 29201). Two local Piggly Wiggly stores sell passes. They accept cash, checks and credit/debit cards for payment.

All-Day Pass

Passes are valid for unlimited rides until service ends on the day it’s purchased.

Your pass must be validated the first time it is used. Just insert it into the transfer slot in the fare box. After initial use, simply swipe the card in the card reader.

Cards are encrypted with a “no share” feature and are not valid for more than one person.

Multi-Day Passes 

Each pass is valid for the time indicated from the date of first use (not purchase) and expires at midnight on the final day.

Your pass must be validated the first time it is used. Just insert it into the transfer slot in the fare box. The date of initial use and the expiration date will be printed on the back of the pass.

After initial use, simply swipe the card in the card reader.

Cards are encrypted with a “no share” feature and are not valid for more than one person.

These passes give you unlimited rides.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport