Passengers Not Taking Advantage of Lexington Bus Route

6:32 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Only a few people used the Comet bus service free of charge Monday afternoon.

Paseengers said not a lot of people are taking advantage of the bus route because not many people know about the service.

For three months now, The Comet Pilot Express Bus has provided transportation to people in Cayce, Lexington, Columbia and West Columbia.

For one passenger, Fred Harmon he was able to visit his friend in the Lexington hospital thanks to this bus route.

"It's good for me today because it's free," Harmon said. "I wasn't expecting that."

Lexington County pays for the service. Operators of the Comet said on average they spend $1500 a month to use the bus service, but recently got a little help.

Bishop Darrell Croft with House of Praise said he would cover the cost for some passengers, allowing the program to extend through September 30.

Central Midlands Transit Executive director Bob Schneider said its nice to see the partnership.

Although the ridership is low, picking up seven to eight passengers a day, Schneider said the challenge is the route is only offered once a week.

Route 26B will now run through September 30th. The service service will go to locations including: The State Health Department, The Department of Social Services and Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council offices.


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