Inspired by the booming Food Truck and Fashion Retail Truck industry here in the Hub, Mayor Tom Menino announced on Wednesday that the city would debut the nation’s first ever City Hall Truck.
Much like it sounds, the City Hall Truck, which has been coined “City Hall to Go,” will travel throughout Boston’s neighborhoods, offering a select menu of city services to constituents.
While the first-of-its-kind truck won’t be driven by the mayor, it will make life easier for Hub-dwellers.
If residents want to dispute a parking ticket, complain about how a neighbor is taking up a parking space by using a milk crate, or have a question about death, marriage or birth certificates, they can just visit the City Hall Truck when it’s at one of its pre-determined locations and the people behind the wheel will be able to assist them.
Residents will also be able to pay excise taxes or utilize a list of other City Hall services without having to trek to Government Center in order to get the job done.
“City Hall To Go’ builds on our mission to shake up the status quo in municipal services,” Menino said in a statement. “This pilot offers one more way for Boston residents to get personal, timely service from the City, and makes it even easier by cutting out the trip to City Hall.”
The brightly-colored red truck, which originally served as a Boston Police Department SWAT vehicle, has a map of the city of Boston on its side. It will be appearing at several locations on Wednesday for the big debut, including City Hall, the Frog Pond and Copley Library.
Residents can also get updates about what the truck is doing by following along on Twitter @CityHalltoGo.
According to a press release from City Hall, starting this spring, the city plans for the truck to become a regular feature in Boston’s neighborhoods, including at special events, block parties and street festivals, “as well as offer seasonal services as resident needs shift throughout the year.”
The program will evolve based on feedback from residents.
“City Hall To Go” staff will chat with residents as they make their rounds and find out what other services they would like to see offered as the project rolls forward. Ideas for the “City Hall To Go” truck can be shared through a brief online survey or in person at any of the truck’s scheduled stops, the press release said.
Here is a list of locations where the truck will be Wednesday, December 5
- 11 a.m. City Hall Plaza
- 11:45 a.m. Frog Pond at Boston Common
- 12:30 p.m. Copley Library
- 1:15 p.m. Peter’s Park, South End
- 1:45 p.m. Gertrude Howes Playground, Roxbury
- 2:15 p.m. Ashmont Station