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

  • 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.

• 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 which is available on board the inside of The COMET buses to get the up to $5.00 discount.  Anything over $5.00 is the responsible of the passenger.

• COMET To The Market This program, exclusive to Lyft, is the first of its kind in the nation. It is available seven days a week between 6 AM and 10 PM. COMET To The Market can only be used twice a week per passenger. Anything over $5.00 is the responsible of the passenger. The code must be entered to receive the discount. Users apply promo code and 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). Andoh said, “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.”

Updated June 2019




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