COMET to the Market (Food Desert connection) and COMET @Night Partnerships, Columbia, South Carolina, 2019

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  • Date Launched: Jan 1, 2019


The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (COMET) has partnered with ridesourcing companies Lyft and Uber for two pilot programs. Both programs cover trips that start and end in The COMET fixed route service area. Per the Mass Transit article: “We want The COMET to be known as a mobility agency,” said John C. Andoh, the Executive Director/CEO of The COMET.

The two programs are:

COMET @ Night

This program is available on Lyft and Uber seven days a week between 9 PM and 3 AM. Users apply the promo code that is available on The COMET buses to get up to a $5.00 discount.  The program is intended to provide late-night mobility access within The Comet service area.  All trip origins and destinations must be within the service area in order for the discount to apply.

COMET To The Market

This program is available seven data a week between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.  Comet to the Market is available through both the Uber and Lyft apps and is intended to connect people to fresh food markets in areas that are not well served by traditional bus service given lower population densities.  The program can be used twice a week per passenger and will subsidize the first $5.00 of a trip.

For additional information on these two programs download the Comet FAQ, the System Map, or visit the The Comet website.

Updated September 2019


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