Lexington is hosting a Food Truck Rodeo Wednesday to promote the start of a pilot commuter shuttle bus between the Hartwell Avenue Business District and the Alewife Red Line MBTA Station.
The shuttle bus, called “The Rev” will begin running Tuesday, Sept. 3, with stops at businesses along Hartwell Avenue, Preston Court, Maguire Road and Bedford Street as well as the Alewife MBTA stop in Cambridge. The bus will have Wi-Fi service and will be equipped with GPS so anyone wishing to catch a ride can track where it is, said Melisa Tintocalis, Lexington’s economic development director.
To highlight the new commuter shuttle, a Food Truck Rodeo Wednesday will include a visit from Baja Taco Truck, Kefis Kitchen and Augusta’s Chicken on the Road. The trucks will stop at 101 Hartwell Avenue between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and chairs and tables will be set up in the area.
During the rodeo, the shuttle bus will be making loops demonstrating its local stops.
Tintocalis said the Food Truck Rodeo is also intended to highlight the desire for additional lunch options in the Hartwell Avenue Business District. The event is being sponsored by King Street Management and Lincoln Property Company along with the town and the 128 Business Council.
Lexington and the 128 Business Council received a $160,000 federal grant for the bus. The town is kicking in about $3,000 and local businesses are also picking up about 20 percent of the cost, said Tintocalis.
The pilot program will run from 12 to 24 months based on ridership, Tintocalis said. The bus will run Mondays through Fridays with three departures from Alewife Station in the morning and three departures from Hartwell Avenue in the evening.
The bus schedule can be found online at http://www.128bc.org/HAR.