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Posted on Feb 05 2020

CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA NAMES THE COMET SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

(Columbia, SC, February 5, 2020) – The Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce has named Central Midlands Transit Authority/The COMET, Small Business of the Year. This decision was announced at the recent Cayce West Columbia Chamber awards dinner held at the Doubletree Hotel. “We are honored to receive this award. At ...

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Posted on Jan 16 2020

THE COMET EXPANDS SERVICES IN BATESBURG-LEESVILLE & LEXINGTON BEGINNING JANUARY 23, 2020

(January 16, 2020) Columbia, SC – As part of the service enhancements approved by the Board of Directors in October 2018, The COMET is launching a pilot rural route which would connect the West Columbia SuperStop at Williams Drive at Charleston Highway and Batesburg-Leesville via Lexington. The service will operate, ...

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Posted on Jan 09 2020

The COMET and National Safe Place Network Unite to Keep Youth Safe in The Central Midlands of South Carolina

(January 09, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET and National Safe Place Network (NSPN) are pleased to announce their new partnership to expand the safety net for youth in crisis, beginning January of 2020. Through the Safe Place transit model NSPN offers partial Safe Place services in the Greater Columbia ...

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Posted on Jan 09 2020

The COMET and National Safe Place Network Unite to Keep Youth Safe in The Central Midlands of South Carolina

(January 09, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET and National Safe Place Network (NSPN) are pleased to announce their new partnership to expand the safety net for youth in crisis, beginning January of 2020. Through the Safe Place transit model NSPN offers partial Safe Place services in the Greater Columbia ...

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Posted on Jan 06 2020

The COMET announces real-time information available through new partner app Transit

(January 6, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET today announced an easy and user-friendly way to track your bus with the new mobile app Transit. Transit counts millions of active users in more than 200 cities worldwide and is now available for riders of The COMET who will be to ...

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Posted on Jan 06 2020

The COMET announces real-time information available through new partner app Transit

(January 6, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET today announced an easy and user-friendly way to track your bus with the new mobile app Transit. Transit counts millions of active users in more than 200 cities worldwide and is now available for riders of The COMET who will be to ...

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Posted on Jan 06 2020

The COMET’s Access Advisory Committee Needs You!

The COMET invites you to participate in the Access Advisory Committee (AAC). The mission of the AAC is to improve transit mobility options and services for seniors and people with disabilities. The benefits of participating include but are not limited to: • Letting us know what you need to better ...

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Posted on Dec 12 2019

THE COMET ANNOUNCES TROLLEYS RETURNING TO DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA, WEST COLUMBIA AND CAYCE FOR THE SODA CAP CONNECTOR

(December 12, 2019) Columbia, SC – The COMET is helping make the busy holiday season easier this year with two trolleys returning to the Soda Cap Connector for the free downtown route. Both trolleys will have a festive new look for the holiday season, reminding people that the free route ...

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Posted on Nov 15 2019

THE COMET ANNOUNCES NEW LOOK COMING FOR THE SODA CAP CONNECTOR

(November 15, 2019) Columbia, SC – Just in time for the holiday season, The COMET announces a festive new look for the popular circular, The Soda Cap Connector. Two of the Soda Cap Connector buses will soon be trolleys. “This is our gift to the people of Columbia and the ...

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Posted on Nov 12 2019

The COMET's Response To Potential Ineligible Use of $1.4 Million Dollars of the Richland County Transportation Penny

In light of the recent article about the potential of $1.4 million being ineligible use of the Richland County Transportation Penny, some facts are available below. The COMET has always been, and will continue to be, committed to being open and transparent. That commitment has remained the same throughout our ...

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Posted on Nov 12 2019

The COMET Financial Transparency

As a regional transportation authority created under South Carolina law that receives local sales tax, general fund, state and federal funding and exists for the service of the residents of Richland and Lexington Counties, The COMET believes the public has a right to our financial information. The COMET has created ...

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Posted on Oct 08 2019

With Your Cool or Culture Pass...Ride The COMET to Fun in Columbia!

Cool and Culture Pass Users!  Why drive when you can take The COMET! Take advantage of Soda Cap Connector,  a free downtown circulator connecting many of the Downtown attractions while using the Cool Pass or Culture Pass and best of all the service is free!  For more details on the ...

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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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