Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the full-time launch of the nation’s premiere City Hall on wheels. Taking its cue from the ever-popular food truck, the dazzlingly-designed “City Hall to Go” truck will travel throughout Boston’s neighborhoods, providing a select menu of city services to constituents.
Beginning July 2, the “City Hall to Go” truck will visit neighborhoods on a full-time schedule, regularly rotating throughout the city on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The truck will be in Charlestown on the third Wednesday of the Month at 4 p.m. outside of One Thompson Square. On Fridays and Saturdays the truck will be available upon request, appearing at special events, block parties and street festivals. Residents stopping by the truck will be able to pay or dispute parking tickets, request birth, death or marriage certificates, and pay property and excise taxes, among other services.
The full menu of offerings is available here: www.cityofboston.gov/cityhalltogo.
“The ‘City Hall to Go’ truck makes personal, timely service from the City of Boston possible for a whole new set of constituents,” Mayor Menino said. “We are constantly trying to push what appear to be the limits of municipal services. The success of the truck’s earliest visits shows that benefits of City Hall can exist far beyond its walls.”
Following a successful soft launch in December 2012, services have been added to the “City Hall to Go” truck’s menu following a survey soliciting resident feedback. As part of the Mayor’s new sustainability initiative Greenovate Boston, and to help Bostonians save on their energy bills, the menu now includes the opportunity to sign up for Renew Boston’s home energy audits and weatherization. The revamped menu also allows residents to request raffle applications and submit claims to the City Clerk.
In response to residents’ requests, the truck will be open weeknights until 7 p.m., and Saturdays until 5 p.m. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, residents can tweet @CityHallToGo their preferred location for the truck that day. The vehicle will announce the most tweeted location on Twitter and arrive at that location at 12:30 p.m. The truck will also host bilingual nights in various neighborhoods throughout the month.
Boston’s diverse neighborhoods inspire the design of the “City Hall to Go” truck. Originally a Boston Police Department SWAT vehicle, the truck has been re-imagined for the purpose of the program. The map encircling the truck takes a viewer from west to east, along actual city streets, while the skyline celebrates Boston’s thriving center.
Residents can sign up for Twitter alerts via @CityHallToGo or visit the truck’s Web page for updates: www.cityofboston.gov/cityhalltogo.
Beginning July 2, the truck will visit the following locations each month (subject to change, follow @CityHalltoGo on Twitter or call 617-635-4500 for updates)
The following is the schedule:
Third Wednesday of the Month: 4:00 p.m. in Charlestown
Fourth Thursday of the Month: 12:30 p.m. in North End by the Mirabella Pool on Commercial Street.