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The COMET Ribbon Cutting 06/21/17 at 11am

posted by Tiffany James
June 20, 2017

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2017

There will be a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 21st at the Lowell C. Spires Administrative, Maintenance, and Operations Building at 3613 Lucius Road, Columbia, SC, 29201 at 11:00am to commemorate the arrival of 31 new vehicles.  The COMET has a total of 50 fixed-route vehicles and all but 8 will have been replaced in the last 3 years.  During spring and early summer The COMET has taken receipt of 8 propane-powered small vehicles and 15 35-foot New Flyer large buses.  In the next few weeks 8 40-foot New Flyer large buses will arrive. By the end of the summer all of the 29 Bluebird buses purchased for the fledgling regional transit authority in 2002 will have been replaced.   The COMET also replaced the entire DART (ADA paratransit) fleet of 21 vehicles in 2016.

“This is a milestone for The COMET because we are fulfilling the promises of the Richland County Penny Transportation Sales Tax,” says Ann August, The COMET’s Interim Executive Director.  “I am extremely excited about the upgraded technologies on the new vehicles and cannot wait to get the old ones off the streets.   These new buses will be a breath of fresh air, as they provide a sense of pride.  We want everyone to know that Public Transit Matters.  Where transit goes the communities grows”.

The COMET is celebrating the 125th anniversary of transit in the Midlands, and last month was presented with the “Spare the Air Award” by the SC Energy Office.  “This is a special year, as we are celebrating the past and the growth of transit in the Midlands,” August added.  “We cannot grow without providing our riders and our community with new buses that are friendly to the environment and comfortable to our riders.”

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About The COMET:

Established in October 2002, The COMET is committed to providing safe, dependable and accessible public transit service to the heart of the Midlands. For more information visit