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The COMET Transit Leadership Academy is Now Accepting Applications

posted by Tiffany James
September 4, 2018

Hello All,

The COMET is accepting applications for the upcoming Transit Leadership Academy, starting September 17, 2018 and running until October 23, 2018.  For seven consecutive Mondays in the fall, from 5:50pm to 8:00pm, The COMET staff will teach Midlands residents about the functions, capabilities, and services of this nearly $20 million annually budgeted agency.  The COMET is primarily funded by the Richland County Transportation Penny Sales Tax and this is an opportunity for citizens to take deep dive into how the organization works.  This will be the fourth class of the Academy and is free and open to residents of Richland and Lexington Counties.

For more than 125 years there has been mass transit in Columbia.  In that time there has been change, turmoil, progress, regression and more progress.  An agency once run on electric trolleys and funded by the public utility is now a public bus system with a dedicated funding source and a bright future but still has many challenges ahead.  At the academy you will learn about how we are financed, structured, operated; how we serve our existing passengers and cultivate new ones; how we adapt our services to a changing community without ignoring those who have been with us for generations.  Students will hear from board members, coach operators, bus riders and staff of the regional transit authority; have the opportunity sample technologies, ride buses, and use a wheelchair lift and much more.

To apply to attend, go to find the link to a short application or click here:

For additional questions please contact Tiffany James


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