COMET receives multiple awards at Live United event

May 22, 2024

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) received two awards at the Live United Awards hosted by United Way of the Midlands at Central Energy recently.

The COMET’s United Way Campaign efforts were led by Angela Jacobs, who in her first year serving as campaign director, was also nominated for Campaign Director of the Year. Under Jacobs’ leadership, The COMET exceeded its $3500 goal by $1,000 through special events and employee payroll deductions. Additionally, The COMET received Best in Class Award (awarded in the private and public sector by size and are based on three criteria: percent participation, employee per capita gift and increase in total giving), and The Gold Award (Gold Awards are given to companies with an employee per capita gift of $150 – $399).

“The United Way does an impeccable job of serving the Midlands and we are honored to partner with them,” said Maurice Pearl, Executive Director/CEO of The COMET, “Much credit goes to Ms. Jacobs for her dedication and hard work leading our team in this effort. It just underscores The COMET ‘s commitment to being good community stewards. We are proud to accept these honors.”

Fundraising efforts were accomplished by special events and direct contributions.


About The COMET

The COMET is a service of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority and provides countywide public transit services on 34 fixed routes, OnDemand/ReFlex services, vanpool service for commuters, subsidy programs with Uber and Lyft and DART for transportation to grocery stores and at night, ADA complementary paratransit service throughout Richland and portions of Lexington Counties and eight Blue Bike bikeshare stations in Downtown Columbia. The COMET transports approximately 2.8 million passenger trips a year on a fleet of more than 80 buses, vans and trolleys. Transit services are provided under contract with RATP Dev USA, Enterprise Holdings, Lyft, Uber and Bewegen. For additional The COMET information, please call (803) 255-7100, TDD/TTY: 711 through the relay service, email: [email protected] or visit

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