The Comet Board of Directors Elects New Chair, Vice Chair

(January 3, 2022) Columbia, SC – The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) recently announced the election of new officers to its Board of Directors.

Allison Terracio was elected as the Board’s Chairwoman. Terracio previously served as Vice Chair and assumed interim governing duties of the Board when former chairman, Derrick Huggins was appointed Interim CEO of The COMET. She also served as board Secretary during her tenure. Terracio represents Richland County and is a member of Richland County Council serving District 5, which includes the neighborhoods of Historic Waverly, Edgewood, Shandon, Rosewood, Five Points, the Vista, St. Andrews, and the campuses of the University of South Carolina, Allen University and Benedict College.
John V. Furgess, Sr. was elected as the Board’s Vice Chairman. Furgess is a long-standing senior board member of The COMET and community advocate. He has served on several COMET committees, including Service, Intermodal, COVID-19 and others. Furgess has also held other executive committee roles for The COMET organization and is active in the Edgewood and Waverly communities.

“We congratulate our new officers for The COMET Board of Directors and look forward to an exciting year of service to the people of the Midlands,” said Derrick Huggins, Interim CEO of The COMET.


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, five 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: or visit

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