Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Comet transportation system are introducing new buses to the streets of Columbia.
You may be used to seeing the old white buses driving around but the transit planner, Sam Scheib says they are soon to be off the road for good.
"We've been running them 15 hours a day for fifteen years. Those vehicles were from the very start back in 2002 so they're old and they're desperately in need to be taken out of service," said Sam Scheib.
On Wednesday, June 21st, the transportation company plans on having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for eight of the new buses. Comet plans on replacing all 29 buses from 2002 by early August.
"It's been a long time coming. We're extremely grateful to have these new buses and it's going to make a tremendous impact on our passengers." said Scheib.
The new set of wheels will feature new air conditions systems, security cameras, wi-fi, and even charging stations for electronic devices.
"The phones themselves are relatively cheap but data plans are expensive. wi-fi is really nice for our customers. It's a really good benefit for them," said Scheib.
There will also be easier access for those in a wheelchair. There will be a ramp located at the front of the bus that will drop down so those in wheel chairs will have an easier and quicker time getting on the bus.
The Richland County Penny Tax is helping cover the cost of these new rides.
"That's just a way for us to show the community that we're putting the penny money to good use. We're thrilled to tell people about that and they to know we are being good stewards with the money they're providing us," said Scheib.
The new buses will be able to hold up forty people.