Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (CMRTA) (The Comet)

Columbia, SC 29201

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3613 Lucius Road
Columbia, SC 29201
http://www.catchthecomet.org/
803.255.7085

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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, with a vanpool service, subsidy programs with Lyft and Uber, 10 bikeshare stations in Columbia and DART ADA complementary paratransit service throughout Richland and western Lexington Counties. The COMET transports more than 2.8 million passengers annually on a fleet of more than 80 buses, vans and trolleys. Transit services are provided under contract with RATP Dev USA Inc.,  of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Management

The COMET Board of Directors appoints Maurice Pearl as its executive director/CEO

Nov. 30, 2023
Pearl brings more than 20 years of public transit experience, with a strong operational background highlighting safety and labor relations.
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The COMET partners with local TV station to air vignettes aimed at promoting transit use

July 6, 2023
The 30-second COMET Chats, feature the authority’s new “pawsitivity” specialist, Ming-Ming, and are designed to educate those unfamiliar with The COMET discover how they can travel...
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Jackie Bowers (left) and Pamela Bynoe-Reed (right).
Jackie Bowers (left) and Pamela Bynoe-Reed (right).
Jackie Bowers (left) and Pamela Bynoe-Reed (right).
Jackie Bowers (left) and Pamela Bynoe-Reed (right).
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The COMET announces two directors have completed Westgate Center for Leadership and Management Development Transit Paratransit Management Certificate Program

Jan. 6, 2023
With Jackie Bowers, director of operations, and Pamela Bynoe-Reed, director of marketing and community affairs, completing the program, all of The COMET’s executive staff have...
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The COMET names Jackie Bowers director of operations 

Aug. 3, 2022
Bowers will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the prime contractor to ensure service is being delivered every day and she will continue to direct the ...
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The COMET suspends services in Batesburg-Leesville beginning July 1

June 27, 2022
The decision was made by the organization’s board of directors due to low ridership on the route.
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The COMET rolls out new service plan aimed at improving on-time performance

May 6, 2022
The COMET is implementing new technology to achieve increased efficiency and deliver enhanced service to its customers.
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Derrick Huggins named interim executive director of The COMET

Nov. 2, 2021
Huggins, who has served on The COMET's Board of Directors for more than 10 years, brings more than 30 years of experience in transportation to the position.
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The COMET’s Lifeline 31-day transit pass now available to low-income residents in Richland County, S.C.

Oct. 25, 2021
A limited budget will be available to non-profit organizations that aid low-income residents upon filling out a request for donation form through the recently adopted pass donation...
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The COMET names Pamela Bynoe-Reed director of marketing and PIO

March 9, 2021
She will oversee several responsibilities, including the strategic direction and execution of marketing, outreach and public relations.
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Safety & Security

The COMET launches ‘Don’t Miss Your Shot’ campaign

Feb. 5, 2021
The Midlands Transit Organization is working to inform and transport people to vaccine locations.

Articles & News

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Derrick Huggins, interim CEO and executive director of The COMET.
Derrick Huggins, interim CEO and executive director of The COMET.
Derrick Huggins, interim CEO and executive director of The COMET.
Derrick Huggins, interim CEO and executive director of The COMET.
Derrick Huggins, interim CEO and executive director of The COMET.
Management

The COMET announces death of Interim CEO and Executive Director Derrick Huggins

Huggins was a long-time board member of The COMET before being appointed as interim CEO; COO LeRoy DesChamps will assume oversight of the authority until the board makes a plan...
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COMET bus riders receive free 45-minute passes for Blue Bike.
COMET bus riders receive free 45-minute passes for Blue Bike.
COMET bus riders receive free 45-minute passes for Blue Bike.
COMET bus riders receive free 45-minute passes for Blue Bike.
COMET bus riders receive free 45-minute passes for Blue Bike.
Shared Mobility

Transit as a Mobility Integrator

April 21, 2021
By strategically incorporating various mobility services, The COMET seamlessly addresses unmet needs of the community by providing specialized services for niche groups previously...
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Central Midlands Transit Executive Director Robert Schneider.
Central Midlands Transit Executive Director Robert Schneider.
Central Midlands Transit Executive Director Robert Schneider.
Central Midlands Transit Executive Director Robert Schneider.
Central Midlands Transit Executive Director Robert Schneider.
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Top 40 Under 40 2013: Robert Schneider

Sept. 13, 2013
Central Midlands Transit Executive Director Robert Schneider.

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The COMET and Able-SC debut two new mobility programs for seniors and people with disabilities

Jan. 20, 2021
The Volunteer Transportation Reimbursement Program and Taxi Voucher Pick Up Program were developed through a partnership with Able SC.
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Safety & Security

The COMET partners with SC DHEC to provide COVID-19 testing to riders

Dec. 21, 2020
SC DHEC has set up a testing kiosk at COMET Central, the transit hub located on the corner of Sumter and Laurel streets.
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The COMET and community partners will analyze the current bus network and recommend changes to the system.
The COMET and community partners will analyze the current bus network and recommend changes to the system.
The COMET and community partners will analyze the current bus network and recommend changes to the system.
The COMET and community partners will analyze the current bus network and recommend changes to the system.
The COMET and community partners will analyze the current bus network and recommend changes to the system.
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The COMET releases concepts for new transit future

Nov. 13, 2020
The Reimagine The COMET invites public input to create a more efficient bus network.
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The Comet, University of South Carolina announce new contract

June 30, 2020
Bus stops, shelters and buses will be maintained and sheltered by The COMET as part of the contract, giving the university access to bus system management and expertise while ...
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The upgraded hub was renamed to Comet Central.
The upgraded hub was renamed to Comet Central.
The upgraded hub was renamed to Comet Central.
The upgraded hub was renamed to Comet Central.
Infrastructure

Improved and upgraded Comet Central reopens downtown with mandatory mask requirement

June 17, 2020
The reopening on June 16 also included upgrades to the Columbia Place Mall SuperStop off of Two Notch Road.
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The COMET awards new service contract for fixed route and paratransit services

June 2, 2020
Current employees will be actively engaged in transition training and will be able to bid for positions with the new company.
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The COMET to offer lifeline 31-day transit pass to low-income residents in Lexington County

Feb. 25, 2020
The COMET will offer bus passes at a rate of 50 percent off the Basic, Discount or Express prices on a 31-day pass.
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The Comet announces organizational changes

Feb. 7, 2020
The agency has named a new COO, CFO and director of regulatory compliance and civil rights officer.
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The COMET expands services in Batesburg-Leesville and Lexington starting Jan. 23

Jan. 17, 2020
The service will provide three tips to West Columbia and two trips to Batesburg-Leesville.