The Comet's New Garnet Route Helps Off-Campus USC Students - DatelineCarolina

The Comet's New Garnet Route Helps Off-Campus USC Students

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More Off-Campus Students are Drawn to the Garnet Route to Save Time and Money More Off-Campus Students are Drawn to the Garnet Route to Save Time and Money
Catch the Comet App Website That Allows Students to Know the Location of the Next Bus Catch the Comet App Website That Allows Students to Know the Location of the Next Bus

By: Emmonie Crumblin

    USC students know that finding parking on campus is frustrating. No guaranteed parking spots, expensive garages, and little money, getting to class on time is getting harder.

    Columbia's bus system, known as The Comet, has created a new route to give students an option to driving to school.            

    The buses run every 20 minutes and according to USC student, Bianca Carrera, this time frame is easily synched with her class schedule.

    "It runs really quickly. Like the routes run really close together so I'm not waiting too long when I get out of class," Carrera said.

    Kiana Matthews, another USC student who lives in Copper Beach, said The Comet is more reliable than the apartment complex's bus which she says is always late, early or broken down.

    Students pay only $3 for a round trip. They can pay cash or put money into an account and pay with a credit or debit card.

    Another convenience for students is the new Catch the Comet app that shows them how much money is on their account as well as where the next bus is.

    "By being able to download the app, the most important thing is being able to track your vehicle. And you know USC has NextBus, which is great. It gives you route predictions, but you really don't know where the vehicle is. Ours is accurate within about five seconds," said The Comet executive Bob Schneider.

    It's that accuracy that is drawing more students.

    USC gives a Freedom Pass to first time riders that allows students to ride for free.

    Students now have the convenience and reliability they can depend on with riding the bus.

    Right now the bus stops across from the horseshoe, on Whaley Street in front of Aspyre, by Bluff Road, and on Southern Drive by the Woodlands and Copper Beach.

 

   



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