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Tolar Manufacturing Company awarded multi-year contract by Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET)

September 26, 2019  |   Posted In Uncategorized

Tolar Manufacturing Company awarded multi-year contract by Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) in Columbia, South Carolina to build a suite of products including bus shelters, benches and other outdoor street furniture.

Tolar Manufacturing Company has been awarded a multi-year contract by Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) in Columbia, South Carolina. The company will build upwards of 50 bus shelters and accompanying street furniture in various configurations from its popular Signature Series line.

“The Tolar shelters have provided great quality to the riders of The COMET,” said John Andoh, Executive Director/CEO of The COMET. “Our subcontractor, AOS, a local construction company, stated that they were easy to build and the flexibility of the three designs allows the construction of these shelters in areas where right of way is tight. The switch in bus shelter was a perfect opportunity for The COMET to bring an attractive design that is easy to build to Richland and Lexington Counties.”

Three bus shelter sizes (8-ft, 16-ft and 30-ft) and related amenities incorporate customized elements including distinctive COMET branding to help further the agency’s commitment to “change how The Midlands views the bus.” Other street furniture amenities include: attention to materials, such as perforated aluminum shelter walls with color logos that facilitate airflow in South Carolina’s hot and humid climate; sleek and modern Mesa benches with and without advertising options made in part from recycled materials; passenger amenities such as pole-mounted trash bins, branded bicycle racks, shopping cart corrals, and a free-standing information message center complete with integrated map case. The ADA-compliant bus shelters are also being designed to incorporate a solar power kit and revenue-generating advertising as needed in the future.

“Tolar Manufacturing has recently delivered twenty, 16-ft shelters as part of this project,” stated Scott Williams, Business Development Manager for Tolar Manufacturing Company. “Integrating The COMET brand into the agency’s street furniture program is an exciting way to extend its reach into the local community and improve the transit experience for everyone.” The manufacturer is delivering ten more 16-ft shelters along with ten, 8-ft shelters in the coming weeks.

In addition to Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority, Tolar Manufacturing is proud to have designed and fabricated bus shelters and street furniture for another South Carolina community – The Coast RTA in Conway. The COMET project comes on the heels of two other recently awarded multi-year bus shelter and street furniture projects currently in development for Knoxville, Tennessee and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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