Comet restores Saturday bus service | News
The newly re-named “Comet” (Central Midlands Transit) bus service will restore significant service on major, high-performing routes, which will enable riders increased access to the system this weekend.
Many of the services were cut in 2012 due to lack of funding, but at an April board meeting the COMET board of directors voted to approve this measure and restore 80 service hours each day.
“Our board wanted to restore this service as soon as possible, and we have been waiting on final approval from the Supreme Court regarding the penny tax,” said Dr. Bob Schneider, executive director of The COMET. “We are eager to get this much needed service on the street to better meet the needs of our riders.”
In addition to the Saturday service, significant hours have been restored to routes during midday and evenings during the week.
“Since Election Day, we have been working to bring this much needed service to our riders,” said Kelvin Washington, board vice-chair of The COMET and chairman of Richland County Council. “While this is the first phase of the restored service, the board hopes to implement additional service levels in the coming months,” he added.
Beyond the immediate service restoration plans underway to introduce a fleet of ten new mini-buses to the system this fall while moving forward to create a system of benches and shelters to increase the level of comfort and convenience for riders.
For a complete listing of routes and revised time schedules, please visit www.goCMRTA.com or pick up a map/schedule at the COMET Transit Center located at the corner of Laurel and Sumter Streets.