Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The COMET bus service is offering a new pilot flex route in Northeast Richland.
The rural service is free and will be offered for six months to customers in the area. COMET Executive Director Bob Schneider said the total project cost is around $50,000.
If the route becomes permanent, it opens doors for federal grants because it's a rural route.
The proposed flexible route will connect passengers to Routes 1, 23, and 30. Vans that can seat 13 passengers and 4 wheel chairs will be used instead of large buses during the pilot.
Transfer points are Koon/Cody Rd. to Route 1, Midlands Technical College Northeast to Route 23, and Crane Church Rd./Fairfield Rd. to 30.
On Tuesday night, The COMET held a community meeting to talk to customers in the area about the new route.
Dean Slade, who works at the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, said many people who use the medical service at that location on North Main have no public transportation.
The Health Center said they have already ordered sixty tickets for patients that they are currently serving.
The next meeting for customers will be held January 21st at Westwood High School at 5:30 in Blythewood.