IOWA CITY, IA – The Iowa City Council has voted to initiate a late-night food truck pilot program set to begin this spring.

After a successful pilot program in 2014, the following year the council adopted an ordinance that allows food truck vendors to park in one- and two-hour metered parking spaces around the city for up to three hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. but does not allow vendors from operating near the pedestrian mall, Northside Marketplace and within 150 feet of any restaurant.

The council on Tuesday voted unanimously to move ahead with another food truck pilot program, beginning March 31, that will allow food truck vendors to operate between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at three rotating locations. The program will begin with a kick-off event in the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center parking lot.

For a $250 fee, vendors will be permitted to participate in the pilot, which will cycle between three different locations. Only four vendors will be able to operate at the same time during each of the three trials, according to a program overview, but up to six will be allowed at the kick-off. The Iowa City Mobile Vending Association will coordinate with vendors to plan which trucks will operate on which nights, the overview said.

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