The COMET Is Working Hard To Keep You Safe On Our Buses And Fight COVID-19!
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 05/20/2020, The COMET is operating on an enhanced Saturday schedule as defined below:
- The COMET will operate a Saturday level of service daily on the following routes: 6, 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, 42, 45, 47, 55, 57L, 61, 75, 77, 83L, 84, 88, 91, 92X and 96L.
- Route 97, which serves Batesburg-Leesville, will resume service and run every Thursday from 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Enhancement details for The 101, 301, 401, 501 & 701:
- Routes will run every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays.
- The 101 and 501 will run every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and hourly until end of service. The 301, 401 and 701 will run every 60 minutes on weekends.
- Enhancement details for The 801 (Route will run every 60 minutes other than the times listed)
- The 801: Every 30 minutes (5:18 a.m.– 9:40 a.m.; 3:48 p.m.– 8:25 p.m.).
- Route 91 is operating an enhanced schedule with service between 6:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. and its normal Saturday schedule on Saturday.
- Route 77 is operating hourly due to the suspension of Route 76 on its Saturday schedule.
- Riders near Routes 46, 62, or 74 must call to have pick-up service from their nearest bus stop via a ReFlex bus for transportation to the nearest bus stop in The COMET service area. This on-demand service will be available Monday-Friday only. Calls must be made one hour in advance to (803) 255-7100, with reservations being accepted from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. The ReFlex bus will pick up within 30 minutes of the requested trip.
- Routes Soda Cap 2, 3, IWC Shuttle 7, 44X, 53X, 76, and 93X will remain suspended until further notice.
- Blue Bike will resume service on June 1, 2020.
- Route 4 – Orbit will begin on September 1, 2020 and operate only on weekdays from 7:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m., every 30 minutes.
- A listing of all updated routes and their frequencies may be found here: COVID-19 Schedule
Other Safety Measures That The COMET is Doing:
- To observe social distancing, essential travel is limited to the available seating for passengers on all vehicles. No standing will be allowed. Travel will be one-way with mandatory deboarding at end of line in order to minimize any occurrence of individuals attempting to ride non-essentially. Security will be strategically placed at stops along the routes to help monitor adherence. Additionally, rear door boarding is in effect until further notice
- Hand sanitizers are installed on all 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 and passengers will have hand wipes, masks upon request.
- All buses are being fogged to ensure cleanliness.
- Bus shelters and bus stops are being cleaned daily, including benches, poles, bars and walls being wiped down and pressure washed.
- All 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.
- 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.
- COVID-19 Operational Policy Adopted by the Board of Directors is here.