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HopSkipDrive to the Rescue: How a Ride-hailing Company Provides Crucial Transportation to School for Vulnerable Student Populations

  • Author(s): Speroni, Samuel
  • et al.

A ride-hailing service specifically designed for children, HopSkipDrive operates in eight states and has transported more than 1 million children for over 7 million miles. Several school districts in Los Angeles County and the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) have entered into contracts with HopSkipDrive to provide recurring school trip service to these vulnerable student populations. During the 2018–19 academic year, HopSkipDrive provided 26,706 such trips to LA schools. The researcher analyzed HopSkipDrive’s trip data for morning trips to high school in Los Angeles County for the 2018–19 academic year to answer three questions:

How do trips on HopSkipDrive compare to overall trips to school in California?

What are the characteristics of neighborhoods where these trips begin?

How do the travel times of trips to school on HopSkipDrive compare to analogous trips on public transit?

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