Civil Rights

The COMET operates public transportation services and employs individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion and other protected classes.

ADA & Reasonable Modifications

The COMET is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities in all programs, services, and activities.

Title VI

The COMET is committed to complying with the requirements of Title VI in all federally funded programs.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The COMET is DBE certified and adheres to all Disadvantaged Business Enterprise policies.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The COMET is firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity.

Americans with Disabilities Act – ADA

The COMET is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities in all programs, services, and activities. The COMET recognizes that in order to have equally effective opportunities and benefits, individuals with disabilities may need reasonable modifications to policies and procedures. The COMET will adhere to all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable modifications, as necessary, to afford equal access to programs for persons with disabilities. The COMET does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, participation in, or receipt of services and benefits under any transit program or activity. The COMET will take appropriate steps to ensure that persons with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate.

No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of The COMET, or be subject to discrimination by The COMET.
Download The Reasonable Modification Policy
Download the ADA Complaint Form
Download the ADA Complaint Form (Spanish)
Learn more about accessibility on The COMET
Title VI Policy (Spanish)

Submitting an ADA Complaint

3613 Lucius Road
Columbia, SC, 29201

Title VI of The Civil Rights Act

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states the following: “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The COMET operates public transportation services and employs individuals without regard to:
  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
The COMET is committed to complying with the requirements of Title VI in all federally funded programs.

Submitting a Title VI Complaint

Title VI Complaint Guidelines

The Executive Director, General Manager, senior management and all supervisors and employees share the responsibility for carrying out The COMET’s commitment to Title VI. The Title VI officer is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program and receives and investigates Title VI complaints that come through the complaint procedures process.

Below is an update of our Title VI plan. Please review as we are receiving feedback through May 23, 2023. To provide feedback, please contact Dr. Arlene Prince, Director of Regulatory Compliance and Civil Rights Officer at 803.255.7129 or email: aprince@TheCOMETSC.gov.
Title VI Compliance Program Update – 2023
Title VI Policy (Spanish)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) is a legislatively mandated USDOT program that applies to Federal-aid highway dollars expended on federally-assisted contracts issued by USDOT recipients such as State Transportation Agencies (STAs). The U.S. Congress established the DBE program in 1982 to:
  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  • Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts, and
  • Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program.
When choosing vendors and suppliers, The COMET strives to establish a level playing field for the various businesses that compete for the taxpayer dollars spent. Your business might qualify for this program. The COMET lists project advertisements below, and the cover sheet of each advertisement will say if that particular project falls under the DBE Program.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Contact

Any individual who feels he or she has experienced unlawful discrimination can submit a complaint at no charge. All complaints can be submitted to:

Dr. Arlene Prince, Director of Regulatory Compliance and Civil Rights Officer at 803.255.7129 or email: aprince@TheCOMETSC.gov