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Posted on Feb 22 2024

What is the Richland County Penny Tax?

Richland County’s penny tax has been instrumental in The COMET's success, allowing The COMET to expand many of its services and its overall impact across the Midlands.  So, what exactly is the Richland County Penny Tax? In 2012, Richland County residents voted to approve a referendum for the Transportation Penny ...

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Posted on Feb 27 2023

APPLY TO THE SPRING 2023 COMET ACADEMY

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority is currently accepting applications for the third year of The COMET Academy, a leadership development program for those who’d like to learn about the public transit system.   The goal of The COMET Academy is to create community members who serve as a resource and ...

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Posted on Jul 06 2024

Public Hearing on Richland Penny Tax to be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

A public hearing of the Penny Tax will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at Richland County Administration Building at 2020 Hampton Street. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend. The COMET is expected to receive 22% of the Penny ...

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Posted on Jul 05 2024

Notice of Cancellation/Postponement of The COMET July 2024 Committee Meetings

The following regularly scheduled Committee Meetings of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) are postponed for July 2024: Finance Committee Meeting (no meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2024) Service Committee Meeting (no meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2024) Intermodal Committee Meeting (no meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2024) ...

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Posted on Jun 21 2024

Notice of The COMET Board of Directors' Meeting for June 2024

A meeting of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at NOON. The meeting will be held at the Lowell C. Spires Jr. Regional Transit Facility – 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC 29201 in the Derrick E. Huggins Boardroom, 2nd ...

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Posted on Jun 10 2024

70 Years of Impact: Sarah Mae Flemming

Sarah Mae Flemming is a champion and hero of civil rights thanks to her brave contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in 1954. Her legacy and actions were instrumental in helping end segregation in the United States. Flemming was born June 28, 1933 as the oldest of seven children. She ...

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Posted on Jun 06 2024

Public Notice of The COMET Service Committee Meeting for June 2024

A meeting of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) Board of Directors Service Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 12:00 PM, at the Lowell C. Spires Jr. Regional Transit Facility – 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC 29201 in the Derrick E. Huggins Board ...

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Posted on Jun 06 2024

Public Notice of The COMET Finance Committee Meeting for June 2024

A meeting of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) Board of Directors Finance Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., at the Lowell C. Spires Jr. Regional Transit Facility – 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC 29201 in the Derrick E. Huggins Boardroom, ...

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Posted on May 21 2024

COMET RECEIVES MULTIPLE AWARDS AT LIVE UNITED EVENT

(May 21, 2024) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) received two awards at the Live United Awards hosted by United Way of the Midlands at Central Energy recently. The COMET’s United Way Campaign efforts were led by Angela Jacobs, who in her first year serving ...

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Posted on May 17 2024

Public Notice of The COMET Intermodal Committee Meeting for May 2024

A meeting of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) Board of Directors Intermodal Sub-Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 11:45 a.m. prior to the full Board meeting at Noon. at the Lowell C. Spires Jr. Regional Transit Facility – 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, ...

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Posted on May 17 2024

Public Notice of The COMET Board of Directors' Meeting for May 2024

A meeting of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at NOON. The meeting will be held at the Lowell C. Spires Jr. Regional Transit Facility – 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC 29201 in the Derrick E. Huggins Boardroom, 2nd Floor. ...

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Posted on May 09 2024

The COMET in the Community

Thanks to the voters of Richland County, with the support from the Transportation Penny Tax Program, The COMET has worked diligently to build on its positive impact in Richland County.  The COMET and Crises The COMET has supported riders in the Midlands in crisis and in calm. During the COVID-19 ...

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Posted on May 08 2024

Public Notice of The COMET Intermodal Committee Meeting for May 2024

A meeting of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) Board of Directors Intermodal Committee will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Lowell C. Spires Jr. Regional Transit Facility – 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC 29201 in the ...

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Posted on May 03 2024

Notice of The COMET Service Committee Meeting for May 2024

Good morning, Board Members, Staff, and Guests, A meeting of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) Board of Directors Service Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 12:30 PM, at the Lowell C. Spires Jr. Regional Transit Facility – 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC ...

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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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Read The COMET Newsletters

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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