Beginning January 1 The COMET is subsidizing up to $5 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 pm and 3 am, apply the promo code available inside of The COMET buses to get the up to $5 discount. Anything over $5 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 am and 10 pm, 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. COMET To The Market can only be used twice a week (one round trip) per passenger. Anything over $5 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.”
The COMET On The Go programs are only limited to trips originating or ending as explained above (with the exception of the State Farmer’s Market) in The COMET fixed-route service area.
“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 contact Customer Service at 803-255-7100 or visit www.catchthecomet.org.