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Posted on Apr 15 2020

The COMET Announces Schedule Changes to Enhanced Sunday Level of Service

(April 15, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced further schedule changes from a Saturday level of service to a Sunday level of service with added on-demand service for areas not served on the Sunday routes. The changes will go into effect on Monday, ...

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Posted on Apr 09 2020

The COMET Receives Funding To Aid Public Transportation amid COVID-19

(April 9, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has allocated $15.3 million to the Columbia metropolitan region to help the area’s public transportation system, The COMET, respond to COVID-19. The FTA allocated a total of $25 billion to public transportation systems across the country. The funding was ...

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Posted on Apr 08 2020

The COMET Restores Limited Soda Cap Connector Service

 (April 8, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced today that it is restoring limited service of the Soda Cap Connector, effective Wednesday, April 8. Soda Cap Connector #1, which travels the loop from downtown Columbia to Cayce/West Columbia via Gervais Street, will run ...

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Posted on Mar 31 2020

The COMET Implements More Safety Measures in Fight Against COVID-19

(March 31, 2020) Columbia, SC – 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 continue to encourage all riders to limit travel to only that which is essential. As ...

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Posted on Mar 24 2020

The COMET: Why We Are Running

(March 24, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET is a vital tool for transportation in the Midlands that is committed to connecting citizens to the places they need to go safely and reliably. During this time, we have been asked “Why are buses still on the road?”. To understand the ...

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Posted on Mar 18 2020

The COMET to Operate on a Saturday Schedule Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020

(March 18, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced today that transit in the Midlands will operate on a Saturday schedule beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. The COMET will remain operational for essential travel and riders are asked to observe social distancing practices. Essential ...

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Posted on Mar 16 2020

The COMET Takes COVID-19 Precautions and Adjusts Services

(March 16, 2020) Columbia, SC – Out of concern for the safety of the riding and general public, The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) has taken additional measures to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from affecting our passengers, drivers, employees and assets. The COMET is coordinating information with ...

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Posted on Feb 28 2020

THE COMET’S JOHN ANDOH, NAMED AMONG 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL

(February 28, 2020) Columbia, SC - Columbia Business Monthly has named John Andoh, Executive Director/CEO of Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET), one of Columbia’s 50 Most Influential. The magazine makes its selection based on staff research and community nominations. Andoh has a strong passion for public transportation and ...

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Posted on Feb 28 2020

THE COMET TO OFFER FREE BUS SERVICE FOR VOTERS TOMORROW

All fixed route services will offer free rides to the polls for Saturday’s primary The COMET is helping to get people to the polls for Saturday’s Democratic Primary by offering free bus service on all fixed routes. The fare free services will be in effect all day on Saturday, Feb ...

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Posted on Feb 25 2020

THE COMET ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES

(February 5, 2020) Columbia, SC - Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) is pleased to announce the following organizational changes. These individuals will report to John C. Andoh, Executive Director/CEO. LeRoy DesChamps has been named the Director of Administration & Operations/COO. In this role, he oversees and directs all ...

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Posted on Feb 24 2020

LIFELINE 31-DAY TRANSIT PASS COMING TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS IN LEXINGTON COUNTY

(February 24, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET received funding from the Lexington County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to start a new lifeline 31-day transit pass program. For those who need social services, health care, employment and quality of life opportunities, The COMET will offer bus passes at ...

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Posted on Feb 12 2020

THE COMET OFFERS CONTEST TO WIN DINNER AND TICKETS TO SEE TRUSTUS PLAY

 (February 12, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET is hosting a contest promoting the Soda Cap Connector Trolley. The winners will be entered in a drawing to win a dinner and receive a pair of tickets to see “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Trustus Theatre on Wednesday, Feb 19 at ...

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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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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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