HopSkipDrive launches kid-safe transportation service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

HopSkipDrive launched its kid-safe transportation service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Sept. 30.

HopSkipDrive launched its kid-safe transportation service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Sept. 30.

A new app-based, child-safe transportation service called HopSkipDrive announced its launch in the Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex Sept. 30.

The service was founded in 2014 by three moms in Los Angeles, California, and has since been providing transportation to children ages 6 and older. The service now operates in 12 markets across seven states.

"Dallas and Fort Worth are young, vibrant cities that continue to attract busy, working parents," Joanna McFarland, co-founder and CEO of HopSkipDrive, said in a Sept. 30 news release. "With more people flocking to DFW than any other metropolitan area in the country, the region is in need of more dependable and flexible transportation solutions for families. We're excited to give DFW parents peace of mind and provide families with safe, reliable rides throughout the region."

HopSkipDrive is meant to offer a safe form of transportation for children traveling to and from school, work, after-school activities, extracurriculars or anywhere else they need to go.

McFarland said she and the other founders designed the service with their own children in mind by including safety measures that they would require as parents.

Potential drivers are required to go through a rigorous vetting process, according to McFarland. Every driver must have at least five years of caregiving experience and pass a 15-point certification process, which includes fingerprinting, background checks, driving record checks and an in-person meeting. According to McFarland, at least 100 drivers have been approved in the DFW area so far.

Trips can be scheduled on the HopSkipDrive app or website and must be booked at least eight hours in advance. Reoccurring rides can also be set. Parents are able to monitor their kids’ rides by receiving text notifications throughout the trip. In addition, HopSkipDrive’s Safe Ride Support team, which is staffed by former 911 operators, EMTs, nurses and parents, monitors each ride in real time.

According to HopSkipDrive, the service is now available in Dallas and Fort Worth and is expected to be available in surrounding suburbs and mid-cities later in October. Irving, Grapevine, Keller, Coppell and other cities in that area are expected to be serviced by Oct. 9, and cities such as Richardson, Plano, Frisco, McKinney and others in that area will be serviced by Oct. 28.

HopeSkipDrive has also partnered with some area school districts, including Keller ISD, to accommodate children who do not fit into traditional bus routes, such as children in foster care, McFarland said.

"Keller is excited to partner with HopSkipDrive," Leigh Cook, director of federal programs and academic compliance at Keller ISD, said in a HopSkipDrive news release. "Not only will this help to reduce the district's overall transportation costs, but offering this service to students with specialized transportation needs will help to shorten commute times—meaning less time in transit and more time learning.”

According to McFarland, rides start at $17 and increase in cost depending on time and distance traveled.

For more information on HopSkipDrive, download the app or visit the website here.
SHARE THIS STORY
By Emily Davis

Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.


MOST RECENT

Biscuit serves breakfast and lunch, including pancakes, benedicts, crepes, french toast, burgers, paninis and wraps. (Courtesy Biscuit)
Biscuit set to celebrate first anniversary in Frisco

The American restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, including pancakes, benedicts, crepes, french toast, burgers, paninis and wraps.

Little Gym relocates Plano location

The Little Gym of Plano is relocating in February to 5813 Preston Road.

vitality bowls southlake
Vitality Bowls in Southlake sets February opening date

Vitality Bowls is slated to open Feb. 22 at 2750 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 110, Southlake.

Coldwater Creek opened in Southlake Town Square in late January in 2019. (Courtesy Coldwater Creek)
Coldwater Creek to celebrate one year of business in Southlake Town Square

Coldwater Creek is celebrating its first anniversary Feb. 1 at 418 Grand Ave. W., Southlake.

A new Truck Yard venue is coming to Alliance Town Center in fall 2020. (Courtesy Hillwood)
Newest AllianceTexas venue Truck Yard will offer food trucks, full bar

A new Truck Yard location is coming to Alliance Town Center in fall 2020.

Palapas Seafood Bar serves Mexican-style seafood dishes, such as ceviche. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Palapas Seafood Bar celebrates one year in Richardson

The restaurant serves Mexican-style cocktails and seafood dishes.

Smiley's Craft Barbecue in Roanoke began serving customers Jan. 17. (Courtesy Smiley's)
Smiley’s Craft Barbecue now open inside Oak Street Food & Brew in Roanoke

Smiley’s Craft Barbecue opened Jan. 17 inside the Oak St. Food & Brew food hall at 206 N. Oak St., Roanoke. …

Fast growth in Northwest ISD drives facilities planning, could mean 2020 bond package

There are several housing and commercial developments planned that will have long-term effects on the future of Northwest ISD.

The Roanoke Vantine's dance will take place Feb. 7. (Courtesy city of Roanoke)
6 January and February events to-do in and around Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth

Take a look at these events happening in the Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth areas.

lone star ballroom dance studio mckinney
Ballroom dance studio expands to open a new location in McKinney

A new ballroom dance studio is coming soon to McKinney.

The Floral Bar opened Jan. 24 in Roanoke. (Courtesy The Floral Bar)
The Floral Bar holds grand opening in Roanoke

The floral shop provides a variety of arrangements weekly and caters to weddings and special events.

main event
Dallas Cowboys, Main Event announce partnership to host Jan. 28 celebration in Frisco

The partnership allows Main Event marketing rights that will connect the brand with the Cowboys.

Back to top