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Ride-Hailing Service for Kids Coming to the DMV

March 27, 2019

A new ride-hailing service for kids is coming to the DMV.

HopSkipDrive, a company that three moms created after struggling to balance their kids’ schedules, is available in Virginia’s Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties and will be coming to the District in the coming weeks.

The service has been available in California and Colorado, but the recent launch marks HopSkipDrive’s first presence on the East Coast.

“In areas like the DC Metro region, where the District’s population increases 79% each day as workers commute in, it can be incredibly stressful if not impossible for parents to get their children to school and also get to work on time,” said co-founder Joanna McFarland in a statement. “...We are thrilled to offer Washington Metro parents a safe and reliable alternative, so they don’t need to make these painful tradeoffs.”

Rides can be reserved eight hours in advance or by 7 p.m. the night before a morning ride. Users can choose between a one-time or recurring trip. The minimum age is 6 years old.

The service’s drivers are required to have at least five years of “caregiving experience,” according to a news release. Its certification process involves fingerprinting, driving records and a background check.

Parents can receive a driver’s image and profile and can opt to get progress alerts for current trips.

In addition to offering rides to families, HopSkipDrive has partnered with 150 schools and school districts nationwide.

Each ride has a base cost and cost per mile, a company spokeswoman told WIAD.

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