This year’s list of the most innovative transportation companies showcases efforts to improve safety, performance, and sustainability across a range of vehicle types—cars, trucks, planes, scooters, and even school buses.
5. HOPSKIPDRIVE For making nonroutine school transportation no big deal
Almost 30% of school transportation spending goes toward providing federally mandated, individualized transportation needs for students experiencing homelessness, in foster care, or with special needs. Using a full school bus for these individualized needs is inefficient and impractical, especially with a nationwide shortage of drivers. HopSkipDrive offers an alternative for these and other “nonroutine” student transportation needs, deploying a network of vetted drivers—nearly 20% in hybrid or EV vehicle—instead of whole buses. In 2021, the Los Angeles-based company signed more than 100 new district contracts and launched in four new markets: Spokane, Washington; Austin; Milwaukee; and Madison, Wisconsin. In July 2021, the company raised $25 million in funding, led by Energy Impact Partners.
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