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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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Posted on Oct 08 2019

The COMET Riders Can Now Get $2.00 Off Admission At South Carolina State Museum!

Thanks to a partnership with South Carolina State Museum, The COMET riders who show a bus pass can get $2.00 off general admission. Visit http://scmuseum.org/ for details!  Soda Cap Connector Route 1 can get you to the front door of the South Carolina State Museum, seven days a week.  Visit here for ...

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Posted on Oct 08 2019

Route 61 Detours During Gamecock Games

Route 61 detours during Gamecock games is listed below: From COMET Central, the route will take Sumter Street to Gervais Street Left on Gervais Street Right on Millwood Ave Merge onto Devine Street Right on S. Beltline Left on Bluff Road To the regular route. Reverse route when traveling inbound. ...

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Posted on Sep 11 2019

Catch The COMET to Koger Center for The Arts and Get 10% off Box Office Tickets!

The COMET and Koger Center for the Arts have a new partnership! If you have a The COMET pass and you show it at the Koger Center for the Arts Box Office, you will get a 10% off discount off “Koger Center Presents” and University of South Carolina Symphony Performances. More details about the ...

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Posted on Jun 27 2019

Installing Benches, Shelters and Bus Stop Signs: The Top 5 Things You Need to Know

1. Right-of-way is the hardest part. SCDOT will permit shelters on state property, but without we need easements from private property owners. Power poles tell the story of where the ROW is. 2. Indemnification. In SC, governments cannot indemnify property owners. This is the #1 reason property owners say they ...

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Posted on Jun 05 2019

$5.00 Discount for The COMET Riders Going to Palmetto Outdoor Center!

The COMET has formed another partnership with Palmetto Outdoor Center! If you ride Soda Cap Connector Route 1 and show the business card on the bus or tell the representative at the West Columbia Riverwalk Kiosk that your rode the Soda Cap, you will receive a $5.00 off of deluxe or ...

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Posted on May 28 2019

Sponsor The Soda Cap Connector

Become a Soda Cap Connector Sponsor! The COMET is looking for a sponsor for the Soda Cap Connector.  This is a great way to get your product, service or event exposure to thousands of The COMET riders and the thousands more who see the Soda Cap Connector travel throughout Downtown ...

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Posted on May 27 2019

Emergency Ride Home Program

Hesitant to take the bus to work because you might need your car in an emergency? The Emergency Ride Home program provides registered The COMET Routes 44X, 53X, 92X and 93X, as well as The COMET Vanpool customers with a taxi, Lyft or Uber ride home in the event of ...

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Posted on May 16 2019

See Something! Say Something with ELERTS!

The COMET riders can now quickly and easily report safety and security concerns directly to The COMET operations staff, using ELERTS incident reporting platform. Text-A-Tip is one more element of the See Something, Say Something program introduced April 8th. By simply texting to 803 828 0950, riders can discreetly report ...

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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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