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Gamecock Gateway


Cocky stands proudly in the doorway of a USC shuttle.

Transportation

Transportation to and from the MTC and USC campuses is offered by University of South Carolina shuttles and the local city bus service, COMET.

Report a Late or Missing Shuttle

If a shuttle is late or does not arrive at all, please report it immediately to USC Parking and Transportation Services at 803-777-1080.

 

USC to MTC Shuttle

Because you are commuting between multiple campuses, it is probably more important for Gamecock Gateway students — more so than other USC students — to weigh your transportation options and carefully plan your route to and from campus each day. 

Remember, buses and shuttles are subject to delays from traffic, weather and a variety of unforeseen circumstances. Be sure you allow yourself sufficient transit time each day.

USC Shuttle Schedule

Two USC shuttles transport Gamecock Gateway students to and from MTC campuses. The shuttle schedules align with the Gamecock Gateway academic schedules, and depart from USC on Wheat St. — only a short walk from Bates House — several times daily.

USC to Both MTC Campuses*

Both shuttles leaving from USC to the MTC campuses will follow the same departure schedule.

Monday – Thursday

There are five shuttle departure times Monday through Thursday, including two morning shuttles, one midday shuttle and two afternoon shuttles.


Friday

There are three shuttle departures each Friday.

*Shuttle departure times will be posted each semester once the academic schedule has been finalized.

MTC Campuses to USC*

The pick-up schedule is the same for both MTC campuses.

Monday – Thursday

Five shuttles run Monday through Thursday, including two morning shuttles, one midday shuttle and two afternoon shuttles.

Friday

There are three shuttle departures each Friday.

*Shuttle departure times will be posted each semester once the academic schedule has been finalized.

Pick Up and Drop Off Locations

Please present your CarolinaCard to board and ride the shuttle.

USC Pick Up and Drop Off

  • To MTC Beltline: In front of Blatt P.E. Center (Wheat St.)
  • To MTC Airport: In front of Booker T. Washington School (Wheat St.)

MTC Airport Campus

In front of the Academic Center

MTC Beltline Campus

Driveway between the parking garage and Precision Machining

Missing the Shuttle

Late shuttles or missed busses are not valid excuses for missing or being late to class. Be sure to allow yourself sufficient transit time each day by arriving to your pick-up location at least five minutes early for the scheduled departure.

 

Catch the Comet

In addition to the USC shuttle, Columbia's city bus, the Comet, runs from the USC Horseshoe to the MTC Beltline and Airport campuses and back.

Download the Comet App

Track your bus in real time, and access other conveniences by downloading the Comet app on your phone.

To MTC Airport Campus

Route 28 runs to and from the Midlands Technical College Airport campus. From downtown Columbia, the bus runs on Blossom Street, and then across the river to Airport Boulevard and Platt Springs.

Review route details

To MTC Beltline Campus

Route 201 will take you to and from the MTC Beltline campus. It runs from downtown Columbia, through Five Points and along Rosewood Drive.

Review route details

Visit the Comet site for full bus schedule

 

Parking at USC and MTC

All Gateway students will have two parking decals on their vehicle. You are required to purchase a parking permit to park your car on campus at USC. You must also register your vehicle and obtain an MTC decal (free of charge) to park in designated student spots on both MTC campuses.

USC Parking Permit

Gamecock Gateway students are eligible to purchase a student permit, which enables you to park in the Bates House lots and other designated student lots across campus. To purchase a parking permit, please visit Parking Services in the Pendleton Street Garage before or during move-in day.

USC Parking and Transportation Services: 803-777-5160
Student parking permit information »

MTC Vehicle Registration

While student vehicle registration and parking passes are free at MTC campuses, you must register your vehicle with MTC and have an MTC parking decal displayed on the back window. You may pick up your free parking decal on the first day of class. Please park in the designated student spots to avoid tickets or towing.