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Photo obtained from The COMET's Facebook page.

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority officials announced Tuesday that the organization has been selected to receive a $2,935,190 grant. The funding was provided by the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Program for Fiscal Year 2021.

The grant allows The COMET, which provides service in Richland and Lexington Counties, to purchase battery electric and fuel cell buses along with charging equipment and supportive infrastructure. The project will also allow The COMET to add more economical fueling sources in the maintenance mix, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and gain skills to expand the zero-emission fleet as the agency works toward its goal of improved air quality.

According to The COMET’s Grants and Regional Coordination Manager Michelle Ransom, who led the application process for the agency, the project has been four years in the making.

“We are so excited to have this opportunity to contribute to improved air quality in our region and are grateful to the FTA for the funding to help make this happen,” she said.

The COMET will begin implementing the project as soon as possible with oversight from its leadership and board of directors.

“We applaud Michelle on the work she does for the organization in pursuing available grant dollars locally and nationally,” said LeRoy DesChamps, Interim Executive Director of The COMET. “Her diligence and perseverance have paid off in accomplishing this win that is greatly beneficial to The COMET, the Central Midlands, and the environment.”

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