February 10, 2021

(February 10, 2021) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced today that applications are now being accepted for The COMET Academy, a leadership development program for those interested in understanding how public transit works. The COMET hosts the program at no charge to attendees. Because of the tremendous positive response from the public, an additional session is being added for Spring 2021.

Due to the pandemic, The COMET Academy will be held virtually for 60-minute sessions. Classes will meet once a week on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. beginning March 1 through March 29. The five-week intensive will provide an in-depth, behind the scenes look at The COMET transit system. The purpose of The COMET Academy is to develop and equip allies of public transit by arming them with information to be strong advocates on transit’s behalf and to possibly take active leadership roles as potential members of The COMET Board of Directors or to serve in other public service capacities.

 “It is our plan to empower community and business leaders with knowledge of the inner workings, history and future goals of public transit in the Midlands,” said John Andoh, Executive Director/CEO of The COMET. “Our last session received an overwhelming response. We are grateful and excited to again be able to present this program to the community.”

The curriculum includes such topics as history, financing, program partnerships and organizational structure. Space is limited. The deadline to apply is February 24. Applications for The COMET Academy Spring 2021 session can be found on the website here:


About The COMET:  The COMET is a service of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority and provides countywide public transit services on 34 fixed routes, OnDemand ReFlex services, vanpool service for commuters, subsidy programs with Uber and Lyft and DART for transportation to grocery stores and at night, ADA complementary paratransit service throughout Richland and portions of Lexington Counties and eight Blue Bike bikeshare stations in Downtown Columbia. The COMET transports approximately 2.8 million passenger trips a year on a fleet of more than 80 buses, vans and trolleys. Transit services are provided under contract with RATP Dev USA, Inc., Enterprise Holdings, Lyft, Uber and Bewegen. For additional The COMET information, please call (803) 255-7100, TDD/TTY: 711 through the relay service, email: or visit

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