Service Announcements
Posted on Feb 02 2021

The COMET Is Working Hard To Keep You Safe On Our Buses And Fight COVID-19!

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 would like to continue to encourage all riders to limit travel to only essential locations. It should be noted, we too ...

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Posted on Feb 02 2021

Mobility That Works For You!

The COMET has mobility programs that can take you anywhere you want to go, within the Columbia Urbanized Area, as long as you start your ride outside The COMET service area, and you register for these programs as a senior (age 65 years old or older) or have a disability. ...

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Posted on Feb 01 2021

The COMET On The Go! and Uber

Uber service has been restored for the interim as part of The COMET On The Go! partnership.  In order to use COMET To The Market via Uber, please download the voucher here: only from your smartphone or tablet device with the Uber app. For COMET@Night, the link for the ...

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Posted on Jan 11 2021

UofSC Transit Powered by The COMET

  UofSC Transit The COMET is now operating UofSC Transit under contract to the University of South Carolina.  UofSC Transit operates on 10 day time routes and two evening routes to make your life easy!  Best of all, the ride is free for students, staff and faculty of UofSC! To ...

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Posted on Dec 18 2020


(December 16, 2020) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET), in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), will provide free COVID-19 tests for passengers of the bus system beginning today. SC DHEC has set up a testing kiosk at ...

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Posted on Nov 20 2020

Reimagine The COMET - A Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) and Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP)

In August 2020, The COMET and Central Midlands Council of Governments launched Reimagine The COMET, a Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) and Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). SRTP's and COAs are in-depth studies that analyze transit agency services. Reimagine The COMET will pinpoint the strengths and challenges in the current system ...

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Posted on Aug 31 2020

The COMET Riders Can Ride Blue Bike For Free!

If you ride The COMET, ask the bus operator, ask for a code to ride Blue Bike SC for free for unlimited 45 minute sessions! Find your Blue Bike stations on their website @ Download the Blue Bike Brochure for more information on how to use Blue Bike.

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Posted on Jun 24 2020

Take The COMET On The Go! Partnership with Lyft and Uber

UPDATES: Effective January 1, 2021, The COMET will pay up to $8.00 for ridesharing trips that start and end in The COMET fixed route service area on Lyft and Uber. This is an increase from the previous $5.00 payment. Time changes are also in effect as follows: • COMET @ Night: ...

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Posted on May 10 2020

The COMET is Now in TransSee

TransSee now support the COMET with real time arrivals. The real time transit prediction webapp TransSee now supports The COMET serving Columbia, South Carolina. It's features includes: TransSee does not need to be installed and can be run from any browser, mobile or desktop. Choose stops from a map or ...

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Posted on Apr 28 2020

The COMET Providing Food Delivery!

The COMET is providing food delivery for non-profit organizations in partnership with Senior Resources, Foodshare and Axiom Farms Cooperative! If you are interested in this service, please contact the respective organization: Senior Resources, Inc Axiom Farms Cooperative FoodShare Food banks and grocers will be added as they become available. If ...

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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 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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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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