HopSkipDrive has expanded its ride service for kids to Phoenix, Ariz.; Houston, Texas; and Seattle, Wash. Photo courtesy HopSkipDrive

HopSkipDrive has expanded its ride service for kids to Phoenix, Ariz.; Houston, Texas; and Seattle, Wash. Photo courtesy HopSkipDrive

Children’s ridesharing company HopSkipDrive has expanded its service to three more cities.

HopSkipDrive provides app-based customized transportation services for children and their families. That includes getting kids to and from school, sports practices, and other after-school activities.

The company has been operating in parts of California and Colorado, and recently expanded its service to cover northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., region. Now, schools and families in Phoenix, Ariz.; Houston, Texas; and Seattle, Wash., can schedule rides through the HopSkipDrive app.

“We are deeply passionate about removing mobility-related barriers for kids, and we help transportation directors make it easy and cost-effective to get students to school safely and on time,” said Joanna McFarland, co-founder and CEO of HopSkipDrive. “When kids don’t have to worry about how they’re getting to school, they show up calm and ready to learn. They thrive.”

When parents book a ride for their child, via the HopSkipDrive app or website, it shows them a profile of the driver, including a photo. Parents can also communicate special instructions to drivers and receive progress notifications when their child is picked up or dropped off.

In addition to parents and families, HopSkipDrive has partnered with more than 150 schools and districts to create customized student transportation solutions for students. The app allows administrators to book, edit, and monitor rides, and also aims to reduce the district’s transportation costs, shorten student commute times, and improve educational outcomes, according to the company.

“HopSkipDrive is not only 60% less expensive than our previous car service solution, but far more reliable,” said Mike Hush, the director of transportation for Littleton (Colo.) Public Schools. “We had worked with HopSkipDrive for only a few weeks before we quadrupled the number of students riding with CareDrivers.”

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