Columbia, SC. – The COMET invites you to join us on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 10am at the Transit Center to celebrate its 125th year of transit in the midlands. The COMET story began in 1892 when streetcars ruled the city and when there were no automobiles in sight. Over the years, transit has proved to be pivotal to the vitality of a city. We will have a year-long celebration to appreciate our customers and to educate the community about the benefits and the accessibility of transit, plus the importance on using car key replacement services every once in a while to assure you car’s safety. Throughout the year we will have events reflecting the following themes:
Transit and the Community – Heath Fair May 2nd (10am-2pm)
Transit is essential to any community. It is a need for people to get to jobs, doctor appointments, grocery stores, etc. We will show appreciation of our community by providing a health awareness day at our transit center. This day will be filled with food and health check-ups! We believe in healthy families and a healthy community. The vendors will include:
– Palmetto Health Office of Community Health
– American Diabetes Association
– National Kidney Foundation
– End Child Hunger SC
Transit and the Experience
When you experience transit, you experience your city. Citizens will get the chance to experience transit and to learn more about what it has to offer in the day to day lives of residents. Transit is the primary resource that links people to resources that assist them with work, home, school, or play. We aim to build transit advocates to engage with riders and non-riders and encourage them to incorporate mass transit in their commute even if it is just to the Riverbanks Zoo for family fun!
Transit and Expansion
The COMET will be retiring the Blue Bird buses and replacing them with 37 New Flyer buses. We will be holding press conference and a procession on Sumter St. to the Transit Center to see the buses on the road one last time and to introduce the new buses to the community. The procession will be led by a college band.
Transit and Fun
All aboard the Transit Express! We can have fun educating the community about transit and its benefits. This celebration will include a visit from Santa and gingerbread bus contest. The community will be able to celebrate the holidays with The COMET.