Transportation Options for South Carolinians with Disabilities

As people with disabilities attempt to maintain successful community integration, one issue that must be addressed is reliable transportation. Without it, individuals may be isolated from important activities such as working, going to school, keeping medical appointments, and participating in social and recreational events. Meaningful community integration, therefore, requires that a person has access to transportation that is both affordable and available. Below are some transportation options:
DART via The COMET: While there is currently a limited amount of reliable transportation modes available for individuals with disabilities, there are some entities that do provide transportation assistance to help consumers remain viable in society. One of these organizations is Central Midlands Transit (or the COMET) which, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, offers Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART) as an equivalent service to individuals who cannot utilize the public transit system. Each one-way trip is $3.00, and can be payed in advance.

DART is an origin-to-destination, advance reservation, shared-ride transportation service that complements the fixed-route bus services. There are no restrictions on the purpose or frequency of reservations. Riders going in the same general direction are grouped together to share rides. A fleet of small buses provides DART service. Each is equipped with wheelchair lifts and can accommodate four wheelchairs.

DART riders must meet eligibility certifications and complete an application, which they can download on the DART information webpage. Once qualified, you can request a trip by calling DART any day of the week between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at 803-255-7123. For more information, please call the DART staff at (803) 255-7123 or read up on the DART and The COMET at
Medicaid Van: Medicaid also provides transportation for individuals with disabilities through the Medicaid Van Transportation Office. Though transportation is limited to medical visits, those who qualify for the program do not incur any fees for the service. A child under 16 requires an adult escort (no other children can come with the escort); all small children must bring their own car seats. For more information, call 1-866-431-9635.

Rock Hill Bus Services: The City of Rock Hill and York County jointly support two special transportation programs for York County residents:

  • York County Access or Dial-A-Ride
    • Pick up and drop off within rural York County and Rock Hill
    • Monday through Friday, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Schedule at least two days in advance by calling (803) 327-6694 ext. 304
  • Ride-To-Work Service
    • Pick up and drop off in the Rock Hill area
    • Monday through Friday, 5:30 am - 9:00 am and 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Schedule at least one day in advance by calling (803) 327-6694 ext. 304

Tickets for both services are $2.50.

School Trips: If any of the trips out in the community are school-related in some way, the children's IEP/504 team could include such outings in the IEP. In that way, responsibility for transportation would be the school district's. For older children, trips to community may well be a justified part of their transition planning to learn about malls, restaurants, banks etc.

Other Transportation Resources

Tips to Make Traveling with a Disability Easier - Travel tips, resources, and info for people with disabilities to make trips, tours, and vacations much easier. This is a good basic checklist to help someone thoroughly plan a trip and avoid any anxiety later on.

Senior Road Safety Guide - This guide can be applied to the elderly as well as for people with disabilities. It covers how to be an independent driver as long as possible, how to approach someone you think should stop driving, how to get around without a car, and general driver tips.

Community Transportation Association of America
1341 G. Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 527-8279’s Guide to Transportation

Driving Ability Tests

Easter Seals Project ACTION
700 Thirteenth St., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 659-6428 - The website for Project Action, a U.S. DOT & FTA funded program to address accessible transportation in the community.

Federal Transit Administration
400 7th St., SW
Washington, DC 20590

Guide for Traveling for the Disabled

TriCounty Link
305 Heatley Street
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone: 843-899-4096
Toll Free: 800-966-6631

The TriCounty Link system is comprised of 9 regular fixed routes and 4 commuter routes that provide services to rural residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The system also includes Medicaid transport, adult daycare transportation and other various contracts with private companies.

United We Ride (UWR) - The United We Ride (UWR) new website for the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM). - The United We Ride website's page with useful practices undertaken by local transportation providers.

SCATP welcomes additional information on this Web page. Please send information about transportation in your locale to

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