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Posted on Nov 25 2020

DRIVER QUARANTINED IMMEDIATELY AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST

(November 25, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced that a driver who is employed by their subcontractor, RATP Dev USA, Inc., has today tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The driver last worked yesterday and operated routes 701/75, bus unit ...

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Posted on Nov 20 2020

CHRISTOPHER LAWSON APPOINTED TO THE COMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(November 20, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announces the appointment, by Richland County, of Christopher Lawson to its Board of Directors. Lawson is a First Lieutenant in the United States Army where he serves as a transportation officer. He also brings experience as ...

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Posted on Nov 12 2020

THE COMET RELEASES CONCEPTS FOR A NEW TRANSIT FUTURE

Reimagine The COMET Invites Public Input to Create a More Efficient Bus Network  (November 12, 2020) Columbia, SC – What should the future of public transit look like in the Central Midlands region? The COMET wants the community to help decide by responding to two concepts of what a new ...

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Posted on Nov 09 2020

THE COMET RECEIVES FINANCIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Recognition affirms The COMET’s responsible handling of Penny Tax and other funding (November 9, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) for ...

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Posted on Oct 21 2020

CATCH THE COMET TO VOTE!

Listing of Routes Going to Satellite Polling Locations for Early Absentee In-Person Voting (October 21, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) wants to help riders exercise their right to vote. Presently, all The COMET and DART travel is free of charge. Funding from the ...

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Posted on Sep 25 2020

THE COMET KEEPS COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPARENCY

Bus Operators Tested, Quarantined After Positive COVID-19 Tests (September 25, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced that after testing, two operators who are employed by their subcontractor, RATP Dev USA, Inc., have tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 and are ...

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Posted on Sep 16 2020

THE COMET ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(September 16, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announces the election of new officers to its Board of Directors. The new officers were elected at the August 2020 meeting. Col. (R) Roger Leaks, Jr. is the newly elected board Chair. He succeeds Ron Anderson, ...

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Posted on Sep 16 2020

THE COMET CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPARENCY

Driver Quarantined After Positive COVID-19 Test (September 14, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced that a driver who is employed by their subcontractor, RATP Dev USA, Inc., has tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The driver last worked Thursday, September ...

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Posted on Sep 12 2020

DRIVER QUARANTINED AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST – CORRECTED VERSION

(September 12, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced that a driver who is employed by their subcontractor, RATP Dev USA, Inc., has today tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The driver operated  routes 77 and 6 on Monday, 9/7; Soda ...

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Posted on Sep 02 2020

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE COMET ACADEMY

(September 2, 2020) 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. Due ...

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Posted on Jul 10 2020

THE COMET QUARANTINES DRIVER AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST

(July 10, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced today that a driver of Transportation Care Services (TCS), which operates DART and is a subcontractor of RATP Dev USA, Inc., has tested positive for coronavirus during the routine mandatory testing of all employees. The ...

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Posted on Jun 30 2020

THE COMET, CITY OF COLUMBIA AND LOCAL ARTISTS PROMOTE 2020 CENSUS PARTICIPATION

 (June 30, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) has partnered with the City of Columbia’s Complete Count Census Committee to help spread the word about the importance of completing the 2020 Census. The groups will host a live virtual press conference, today at noon ...

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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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