Press Releases
Posted on May 18 2020

The COMET Changes Schedule to Enhanced Saturday Level of Service Beginning May 20

(UPDATED 05/18/20 at 6:14 p.m.) (May 18, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced schedule changes from an enhanced Sunday level of service to a Saturday level of service with added routes and increased frequency to accommodate peak demand times. There will also be ...

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Posted on May 11 2020

The COMET Earns High Marks On Financial Audits, Receives Award For Excellence

(May 11, 2020) Columbia, SC – For two consecutive years, The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) has received commendation on its financial audits. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Central Midlands ...

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Posted on May 08 2020


(May 8, 2020) Columbia, SC – It has not been business as usual at Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET). Pamela Bynoe-Reed reflected to last fall when she joined as Manager of Marketing and Public Information. No one could have predicted the current state of business due to the ...

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Posted on May 07 2020

The COMET Launches Fresh Food Pilot Partnership with Rare Variety Farms

(May 7, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced a new pilot partnership with Rare Variety Farms. The partnership was developed to help overcome food deserts in underserved areas. Beginning __________, the pilot will serve residents of The Colony Apartments and Northepoint Apartments with ...

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Posted on Apr 29 2020

The COMET Partners with Senior Resources, Others, to Deliver Meals to Elderly

(April 29, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) is partnering with Senior Resources to get much needed nutrition to the elderly in Richland County during the current pandemic. The COMET will deliver meals to approximately 100 seniors per week. The first deliveries were made ...

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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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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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