The COMET and Blue Bike Forms Partnership News Conference

Columbia, SC - On Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., The COMET will hold a press conference at the Blue Bike Station in front of Columbia City Hall to showcase the new partnership between The COMET and Blue Bike.
Columbia’s bike share system, Blue Bike SC, will grow by 8 fully functional, docked stations this year as part of the program’s expansion funded by a $250,000 Federal Transit Administration grant from The COMET. In addition to funding the station expansion, an amount of $70,000 is allocated to Blue Bike as a pilot to provide a “first mile, last mile” connection specifically for The COMET riders utilizing bike-share in the downtown Columbia area.

Who:
• John Andoh, The COMET Executive Director
• The Honorable Steven J. Benjamin, Mayor, City of Columbia
• Ronald Anderson, Chairman of The COMET Board of Directors
• Elizabeth Nkuo, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
• Eshana Young-Pierre, Marketing Coordinator, Bewegen Technologies (Blue Bike)
Where: Blue Bike Station, Main Street @ Laurel Street next to Columbia City Hall
When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.
For those who take public transit, Routes 6, 11, 12, 21, 26, 28, 42, 52X, 53X, 61, 74, 82X, 84, 92X, 101, 301, 401, 501, 701, 801 and DART comes to the Transit Center which is at the corner of Laurel and Sumter, one block away from City Hall.
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About The COMET
The COMET is a service of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority and provides countywide public transit services on 38 fixed routes, two ReFlex services, with a vanpool service, subsidy programs with Lyft and Uber, 10 bikeshare stations in Columbia and DART ADA complementary paratransit service throughout Richland and western Lexington Counties. The COMET transports approximately 2.8 million passenger trips a year on a fleet of 81 buses and vans. Transit services are provided under contract with Transdev Service, Inc of Lombard, Illinois. For additional The COMET information, please call (803) 255-7100, TDD/TTY: 711 through the relay service, email: info@catchthecomet.org or visit www.catchthecomet.org. Catch The COMET…We Will Take You There!

About BLUE BIKE
Blue Bike SC is the City of Columbia’s premier bike share system and is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and The COMET. Its mission is to provide equitable access to bike-share that fosters mobility, recreation and personal wellness. The system is managed by the City of Columbia and Bewegen, who oversees the supply, installation and ongoing operations. 15 stations have been installed to date reaching the neighborhoods of downtown Columbia and the entertainment districts. The Blue Bike program is a direct result of the Walk Bike Columbia Master Plan and the associated Bike Share Plan initiated by the City of Columbia’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Learn more at www.BlueBikeSC.com or call (803) 569-1119.