The COMET enhances transit services in 2019 for Midlands residents
The COMET (Central Midlands Transit) system has some new service enhancements for 2019 – some have already been implemented, and others have yet to begin. Executive Director John Andoh said his goal is to make their system easier for Richland and Lexington County residents to utilize.
The company has partnered with Lyft and Uber to help residents travel more easily to food markets in the area.
COMET will pay up to $5 for ridesharing trips on Lyft and Uber that start and end in the transit system’s service area. Those who would like to utilize the $5 discount can download the Lift/Uber apps, then apply the promo code COMETMARKET18 to the ride. The service applies seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., and the trip must be to a local grocer (list available on catchthecomet.org). Those who do not have a smartphone can call 803-255-7124 to request service
According to Andoh, The COMET has also begun revising routs and adding additional routs. Buses are now providing rides to Nephron and Amazon from downtown Columbia. Andoh said the hope is that it will provide an easier way for employees to get to work.
In addition to Lexington and Richland counties, The COMET will be expanding its transportation coverage into Newberry County, beginning in May. Buses will be available for residents of Newberry and Little Mountain. Andoh said The COMET already has a sufficient amount of buses to expand into the new county without having to purchase any more.
All of Andoh’s plans to better the company, he said, have been fueled by the motivation to help Midlands residents. “I worked on a lot of the enhancements with the support of my staff,” he said. “We need to find ways to make the transit service attractive and usable by all members of our community.”