In 2000, The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (COMET) was established to provide public transportation throughout Columbia and Richland + Lexington counties. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, The COMET has continued to offer essential rides and adapt its services to keep riders safe.
The COMET has different services to best accommodate all community members – including the DART service, Soda Cap Connector and UofSC transit. The DART service provides rides to those who cannot use the fixed route system and is an advanced reservation service. The Soda Cap Connector provides free rides throughout the downtown Columbia area + UofSC transit provides free rides for students, faculty and staff throughout the campus.
Do you catch the COMET or are you interested in learning more about our local public transportation system? The COMET is currently accepting applications to The COMET Academy.
A COMET stop sign | Photo by @michaeldantzlerphoto
What is The COMET Academy?
- A leadership development program for those interested in the public transit system
- An opportunity to become involved with and an ally for The COMET
- A five-week, virtual course
What does it cost?
- The COMET Academy is free for all attendees
- Classes will be one hour a week for five weeks
Those who complete The COMET Academy will learn about the program’s history, financing, partnerships of The COMET and the organizational structure. The program will run from Sept. 28 – Oct. 26.
Interested in applying? The course is open to anyone interested in understanding our local public transportation system. Fill out an application here by Sept. 22.