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Transportation Solution HopSkipDrive to Launch

The organization lets you book safe, reliable rides for students, especially those whose needs cannot be met with traditional school buses.

HopSkipDrive launches in Nashville this fall, partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and others in the area to expand transportation options for students.

As a leader in innovative, supplemental school transportation solutions, the organization looks forward to working with MNPS to take a different approach to arranging dependable and secure transportation for some of the district’s 80,000 students, who are enrolled in 62 schools across the city of Nashville and in Davidson County.

“We’re excited to be coming to Nashville, offering schools and students access to new safe and reliable transportation, while offering CareDrivers a flexible opportunity to earn,” says Co-founder and CEO of HopSkipDrive, Joanna McFarland. “Mobility extends far beyond transportation; it holds the power to transform the lives of countless children, bridging the gap between adversity and achievement. We look forward to partnering with Metro Nashville to help its students get where they need to go.”

With HopSkipDrive, schools in Nashville and other organizations can book safe, reliable rides for students, especially those students whose needs cannot be met with traditional school buses and fixed routes. HopSkipDrive’s network of small vehicles and the platform’s dynamic driver availability fill gaps in transportation access by allowing school districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools to support individual students, including students experiencing homelessness or in foster care, and students with special needs.

Metro Schools entered into an agreement with HopSkipDrive and three other entities last year to support the district’s HERO program which serves students experiencing homelessness, are in foster care, or are experiencing other circumstances that require additional support from the district. While the district has been providing similar services for several years, the new agreements allow for MNPS to have additional service providers on call who can provide transportation when needed. The services provided are in addition to the district’s regular and special education bus services which are led by MNPS staff.

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Why HopSkipDrive?

HopSkipDrive offers a safe and reliable transportation option, using technology to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who uses the HopSkipDrive platform. HopSkipDrive’s approach to safety begins with highly vetted caregivers behind the wheel (known as “CareDrivers”), and extends to every aspect of the company’s operations.

Every CareDriver has at least five years of caregiving experience and must pass a rigorous 15-point certification process, including fingerprinting, background screenings and ongoing driving and criminal record checks. CareDrivers on the HopSkipDrive platform must use a four-door vehicle newer than 10 years old, and vehicles must pass an annual inspection by a certified mechanic.

HopSkipDrive is actively seeking CareDrivers in the Nashville area

Being a CareDriver is a unique experience that comes with many benefits, including competitive pay up to $50/ride for new CareDrivers, a flexible schedule and the opportunity to make a difference by helping families in the local community.

Sign up to be a CareDriver in the Nashville area here.


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.