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Effective Immediately, The COMET and Soda Cap bus stop at 1401 Assembly St. (Assembly Washington SB (867) will be inactive due to construction through March 2023. Affected routes: Soda Caps 1 & 4 COMET: 21,42,61,91,92, and 401 Effective immediately: NO eating/drinking on the buses until the pandemic is over in order to comply with the Federal mask requirements Effective Immediately, per CDC Guidelines, Masks Must Be Worn When Using The COMET and Accessing its Facilities! TransLoc and My Transit Manager is not available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A new system will be available in March of 2021
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Take The COMET On The Go! Partnership with Lyft and Uber

posted by John Andoh
June 24, 2020

UPDATES:

Effective January 1, 2021, The COMET will pay up to $8.00 for ridesharing trips that start and end in The COMET fixed route service area on Lyft and Uber. This is an increase from the previous $5.00 payment. Time changes are also in effect as follows:

• COMET @ Night: Seven days a week between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. To get the up to $8.00 discount, you must apply the codes which are listed on the bus behind the driver’s seat. The code changes monthly.

• COMET To The Market: Seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., apply the promo code COMETMARKET20 (Lyft) or visit t.uber.com/cometmarket to get a voucher (Uber). Your trip must originate or end at the following fresh food markets: Aldi, BiLo, Blossom Shop, Costco, Food Lion, The Fresh Market, Gourmet Shoppe, Kroger, La Estrella Supermarket, Lidi, Lowe’s Fresh Food, Ole Timey Meat Market, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Rare Variety Café, Rosewood Market & Deli, Sam’s Club, State Farmer’s Market, Supermercado El Mariachi, Target, Trader Joes, Walmart & Walmart Neighborhood Market and Whole Foods Market. COMET To The Market can only be used twice a week per passenger. Anything over $8.00 is the responsibility of the passenger. The code must be entered to receive the discount and you can only board or alight in the Food Desert areas.

Download the brochure for more details.

The COMET is helping you go around the Columbia Metropolitan Area easily!  The COMET will pay up to $8.00 for ridesharing trips that start and end in The COMET fixed route service area on Lyft through the following two programs:

  • COMET @ Night:  Seven days a week between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., apply the promo code which are available on board the inside of The COMET buses to get the up to $8.00 discount.
  • COMET To The Market:  Seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., apply the promo code COMETMARKET20 on Lyft and your 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 Fresh Food
    • Ole Timey Meat Market
    • Piggy Wiggly
    • Publix
    • Rosewood Market & Deli
    • Sam’s Club
    • Costco
    • Save-A-Lot
    • State Farmer’s Market
    • Target
    • Trader Joes
    • Supermercado El Mariachi
    • Earth Fare
    • KJ’s Market, IGA

COMET To The Market can only be used twice a week per passenger.  Anything over $8.00 is the responsible of the passenger.  The code must be entered to receive the discount.  You can only use COMET To The Market, if you board or alight in a food desert area AND a grocery store. You must board or alight in a “Food Desert” area AND an eligible grocery store in order to use the program. The geofencing has been reduced to ensure that users are going to a grocery store.  To see if you live in a “Food Desert” area, click here: https://gis.dhec.sc.gov/fooddesert/ 

To get started, please download the Lyft app from App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).  If you do not have a smartphone or require mobility device access, please call (803) 255-7124 to request service.

Safety

We want people who use The COMET On The Go! with Uber and Lyft to remain safe! Please see these helpful tips from Uber and Lyft to remain safe when using this program.

https://www.lyft.com/safety

https://www.uber.com/info/rider-safety-tips/

If you are ever in danger, please call 911 immediately.

For additional information, call (803) 255-7100 or Download FAQ Sheet.