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The COMET is Operating on a Saturday Schedule Due to COVID-19 Concern Stay Safe! Please Wash Your Hands And If Sick Stay Home! Details On What The COMET Is Doing To Combat COVID-19 Is Available In What’s New!
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The COMET Is Working Hard To Keep You Safe On Our Buses And Fight COVID-19!

posted by Pamela Bynoe-Reed
March 30, 2020

In monitoring COVID-19, The COMET is striving to exhaust all measures to keep passengers safe. Understanding the potential challenges that the community may face in the coming weeks, we would like to continue to encourage all riders to limit travel to only essential locations. It should be noted, we too are aware of the importance of social distancing, as we attempt to be of service to our community.

  • Effective 03/31/2020 COMET Central will be temporarily closed until further notice. This would help alleviate overcrowding concerns during the peak hours of the day and help spread out customers to different transit stop locations.
  • Seating on the bus will now be limited to one passenger per row to encourage safe distancing. In this change, customers will not be allowed to utilize the handrail for support. This is just a conservative effort to control the spreading of germs.
  • Hand sanitizers are installed on all 83 vehicles.
  • Signs inside all restrooms encouraging people to wash their hands.
  • All buses are detailed four times a month to ensure cleanliness.
  • All buses used in service go through a through cleaning daily, in addition to their four times a month detailing.
  • All bus operators will have hand wipes, masks upon request.
  • All buses are being fogged to ensure cleanliness.
  • All 83 vehicles are going through a routine pest control program to ensure there are no insects, bugs or vermin on the vehicles.
  • The COMET will participate and cooperate with CDC, DHEC, City of Columbia, Richland County and Lexington County to ensure the public is aware of what is being done to keep you safe.
  • The COMET will suspend service of the downtown circular, The Soda Cap Connector buses and trolleys beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
  • All service will move from a normal schedule to a Saturday schedule beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. See details here: THE COMET SCHEDULE effective 3 20 20 COVID-19 Crisis Response
  • DART services will still be available to those individuals needing paratransit. However, The COMET requests that appointments be limited to only essential travel (i.e., physician visits, pharmacy, grocery, etc.).
  • The COMET also requests that any trips on fixed route service be limited to essential travel (work, medical, grocery, etc.), and that any passengers experiencing COVID-19 symptoms refrain from traveling on public transit.These precautions will be in effect until further notice. Any new information will be released contingent upon updates from the governor’s office or the White House.