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 answer, one must first understand that the people presently riding the buses are very likely conducting essential travel. What exactly is “essential travel”? Here are a few examples of our riders and what constitutes essential travel in the present circumstances:
These are just a few instances of The COMET providing service to the community in crisis as we
always do regularly. We are continuing to take stringent measures in thoroughly cleaning our buses and facilities by instituting hourly cleaning and daily disinfecting with a bio-clean solution. We have reduced our scheduled run times and have replaced our smaller buses with 35-foot or larger buses so that our riders can observe social distancing. Lastly, we are providing our services fare free until April 10 to ease the financial burden of those who may have lost wages due to the pandemic.
Additionally, we are continuing to work closely with the Governor’s office and local authorities as we implement safety measures in line with their directives and the current situation. Our administrative offices are currently restricting non-essential visitation and only allowing visits by appointment or with advanced notice. We have instructed passengers to observe social distancing in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) instructions as they travel and as they wait for their buses.
Getting our citizens to the places they need to go safely and reliably is at the heart of our mission and one that our drivers, staff and administrators take seriously. We will continue to observe safe practices, sanitize our vehicles and buildings and be there for our riders so that they can be there for the citizens of the Midlands as long as we are able.
About The COMET: The COMET is a service of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority and provides countywide public transit services on 34 fixed routes, five ReFlex services, vanpool service for commuters, subsidy programs with Uber and Lyft and DART for transportation to grocery stores and at night, ADA complementary paratransit service throughout Richland and eastern Lexington Counties and eight Blue Bike bikeshare stations in Downtown Columbia. The COMET transports approximately 2.8 million passenger trips a year on a fleet of more than 80 buses, vans and trolleys. Transit services are provided under contract with Transdev, Enterprise Holdings, Lyft, Uber and Bewegen. For additional The COMET information, please call (803) 255-7100, TDD/TTY: 711 through the relay service, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.catchthecomet.org.
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