In the News
Posted on Nov 02 2022

CATCH THE COMET FOR FREE TO VOTE ON TUESDAY NOV. 8!

(November 2, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) wants to help riders exercise their right to vote. The COMET fixed route buses and DART services will be free for those going to vote in the Tuesday, November 8 elections. “We realize how important it ...

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Posted on Oct 21 2022

FREE COVID-19 VACCINES, GIFT CARDS ON OCTOBER 24 AT COMET HUB

(October 20, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) and its partners want to ensure that residents of the Midlands don’t miss their shot. On Monday, October 24 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., The COMET is hosting a special vaccine event through a partnership ...

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Posted on Oct 10 2022

COMET ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF INTERIM CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(October 10, 2022) Columbia, SC – With great sadness, the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) family announces that its Interim CEO and Executive Director, Derrick Huggins, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning. A multi-faceted transportation and community leader, Huggins displayed talent, ingenuity, and commitment to everything he touched. He ...

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Posted on Aug 18 2022

The COMET Names Jackie Bowers, Director of Operations

(August 3, 2022) Columbia, SC - Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) is pleased to announce the promotion of Jackie Bowers to Director of Operations. In this position, Bowers will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the prime contractor to ensure service is being delivered every day ...

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Posted on Jun 24 2022

COMET SUSPENDS SERVICES IN BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BEGINNING JULY 1

(June 24, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced that as of July 1, 2022, it would suspend Route 97, which provides service to Batesburg-Leesville in Lexington County. The decision was made by the organization’s Board of Directors due to low ridership on the ...

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Posted on May 20 2022

COMET TO CONNECT WITH LOWER RICHLAND FOR TRANSIT SERVICE FEEDBACK (rescheduled for June 20, 2022)

(May 20, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) is seeking feedback from the Lower Richland Community regarding its transportation services.The townhall styled meeting will be held 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23 at the Adult Activity Center on 8620 Garner’s Ferry Road in Hopkins, ...

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Posted on May 04 2022

COMET ROLLS OUT NEW SERVICE PLAN AIMED AT IMPROVING ON-TIME PERFORMANCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPamela Bynoe-ReedDirector of Marketing and Community Affairs/PIO, The COMET803.255.7139 – o803.834.1811 - mPbynoe-reed@thecometsc.gov (May 4, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced the rollout of a service plan aimed at improving on-time performance of its fixed route system. Beginning Sunday May 8, ...

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Posted on Apr 21 2022

COMET RECEIVES AWARDS AT LIVE UNITED EVENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPamela Bynoe-ReedDirector of Marketing and Community Affairs/PIO, The COMET803.255.7139 – o803.834.1811 - mPbynoe-reed@thecometsc.gov (April 21, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) received two awards at the Live United Awards hosted by United Way of the Midlands at Central Energy on April 20. ...

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Posted on Apr 05 2022

TINA HERBERT APPOINTED TO THE COMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPamela Bynoe-ReedDirector of Marketing and Community Affairs/PIO, The COMET803.255.7139 – o803.834.1811 - mPbynoe-reed@thecometsc.gov (April 5, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announces the appointment, by the City of Columbia, of Tina Herbert to its Board of Directors. Ms. Herbert is a Columbia ...

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Posted on Mar 10 2022

COMET’S LEROY DESCHAMPS RECEIVES PRESIDENT’S AWARD AT ANNUAL TASC CONFERENCE

(March 10, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) is proud to announce that LeRoy DesChamps, the organization’s COO and Director of Administration was selected for the 2022 TASC Awards of Excellence – President’s Award for Dedication to Community Award at the association’s annual conference ...

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Posted on Jan 03 2022

THE COMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS NEW CHAIR, VICE CHAIR

January 3, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) today announced the election of new officers to its Board of Directors.   Allison Terracio was elected as the Board’s Chairwoman. Terracio previously served as Vice Chair and assumed interim governing duties of the Board when ...

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Posted on Jan 03 2022

Service Announcement for Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Due to the Inauguration of the 45th Mayor of the City of Columbia, SC and Swearing In Ceremony for City Council Members, Laurel Street will be closed Tuesday, January 4 from Noon – 6 p.m. COMET buses will therefore line up on Sumter Street. Welcome to our new Mayor Rickenmann ...

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The COMET in the Community

Did you know The COMET hosts events at COMET Central throughout the year and attends various events in the community? We love to bring people together through the support of local community events. During these events, you can learn more about riding the COMET and even hop on a bus during one of our lounge experiences. Plus, we usually bring freebies, promo items and more. Check out our upcoming calendar!
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Read The COMET Newsletters

Stay up to date on everything happening at The COMET by subscribing to our online newsletter. You can also find printed newsletters on the buses or at COMET Central.
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