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Published on January 4th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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The COMET Launches The COMET On The GO! With Uber

Columbia, SC – The COMET is helping you go around the Columbia Metroplitan Area easily!  Beginning January 1, 2019, The COMET is subsidizing up to $5.00 for ridesharing trips that start and end in The COMET fixed-route service area on Uber.  There are two programs that are available:

  • COMET @ Night:  Seven days a week between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., apply the promo code which is available inside of The COMET buses to get the up to $5.00 discount. Anything over $5.00 is the responsibility of the passenger.  The code must be entered to receive the discount. 
  • COMET To The Market:  Seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., apply the promo code COMETMARKET18.  The trip must originate or end at the following fresh food markets: Walmart & Walmart Neighborhood Market, BiLo, Kroger, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Aldi, Blossom Shop, Food Lion, Gourmet Shoppe, La Estrella Supermarket, Lowe’s Foods, Ole Timey Meat Market, Piggy Wiggly, Publix, Rosewood Market & Deli, Sam’s Club, Costco, Save-A-Lot, State Farmer’s Market, Target, Trader Joes, Earth Fare, Supermercado El Mariachi, Soda City Market (Saturday only).

This program is the first of its kind in the nation and Uber is proud to be a partner with The COMET to implement this program. COMET To The Market can only be used twice a week (one round trip) per passenger.  Anything over $5.00 is the responsibility of the passenger.  The code must be entered to receive the discount.

“At Uber, we believe ridesharing complements public transit,” said Evangeline George, Public Affairs Manager at Uber.  “We are proud to partner with The COMET to help more residents access fresh food with rides directly to grocery stores and access reliable rides late at night.  By working together, we can extend the reach of existing transportation infrastructure open up more opportunities in the community.” 

“We want The COMET to be known as a mobility agency,” says John C. Andoh, the Executive Director/CEO of The COMET. “We are on a mission to make it easier to access fresh fruits and vegetables especially in communities that do not have grocery stores within a 5-mile radius of their homes.”

For more information please contact Customer Service at 803-255-7100 or visit our website at www.catchthecomet.org.

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, vanpool service, subsidy programs with Uber and Lyft 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!




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