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About Food Truck Friday

In support of Pierce Transit’s Strategic Plan, our Agency is committed to finding innovative ways to not only engage with Pierce Transit employees, but also the community at large. To boost employee morale and cultivate relationships with local businesses, we are bringing local food trucks to Pierce Transit on select days for employees to purchase fresh food. As a public transit agency, our mission is to move people providing public transportation services and to reduce congestion by decreasing the number of single occupant vehicle trips operating on our roadways. There are limited food options near our headquarters; hosting food trucks will reduce number of employee trips in and out of our campus. Hosting food trucks on campus also allows employees more time for eating lunch, eliminating travel time.

Food Truck Friday Pilot will take place every payday Friday from June 9, 2017 to October 13, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for a breakfast option and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch. Trucks will park in the Training Center visitor parking lot, depending on food truck availability.

For more information, please contact Charmaine Riley at criley@piercetransit.org or 253.983.3798


Submit Your Food Truck

Before getting started, you'll need:

  1. Completed Food Truck Form (available HERE)
  2. Proof of insurance
  3. Food handlers permit for the City of Lakewood
  4. Business license for the City of Lakewood

Interested food trucks must submit scanned proof of insurance, food handlers permit for City of Lakewood and business license for the City of Lakewood to criley@piercetransit.org in order to participate in the pilot.



Day-of Food Truck Information

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For breakfast: You can arrive on site at 7 a.m. for set up and officially open at 7:30 a.m.

For lunch: You can set up on site starting at 10:30 a.m. and officially open at 11 a.m. We ask food trucks to stop serving at 2 p.m.

Food trucks are required to park in the Pierce Transit Training Center Visitor Parking Lot (3720 96th Street SW Lakewood, WA 98499) in the corner immediately to the left after turning in. There will be A-boards and cones directing you.



Food Truck Selection Process

To give all local food trucks a fair chance to participate in this pilot program, Pierce Transit placed advertisements in publications and blogs such as the Business Examiner, Tacoma Daily Index and Exit 133 as well as ads on Facebook.

Interested food trucks must submit the following information in order to participate in the pilot:

  1. Filled out Food Truck Form (available HERE)
  2. Proof of insurance
  3. Food handlers permit for the City of Lakewood
  4. Business license for the City of Lakewood

Food trucks who meet the standard qualifications listed above will be placed into a random lottery, drawn by a member of the Community Development team on a rolling basis. This group of vendors will then be invited to select 3 times and dates they would prefer, and a second lottery will occur for matching vendors with dates. No more than one truck will be on campus at a time. If less than the expected amount of food trucks qualify for the pilot, the qualified food trucks will be offered multiple days to participate in the program. The qualified food trucks will be listed on Pierce Transit’s website after the dates have been scheduled.

Food truck FAQ

  • How do I sign up to be a food truck on Pierce Transit’s site?

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    Food trucks can submit the form on Pierce Transit’s website to be considered (link)

  • What documentation do I need to be approved?

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    1. Proof of insurance
    2. Annual Mobile Permit from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
    3. Business license for the City of Lakewood

    Food trucks who meet the standard qualifications listed above will be placed into a random lottery.
  • How are food trucks getting paid?

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    Food trucks will not receive a payment from Pierce Transit. Food truck revenue is from sales of food when at our site. Pierce Transit has over 900 employees; we expect 200-350 to be potential clients each day of the event. Businesses in the surrounding area will also be notified of food trucks on the premises and that food will be available for purchase.

  • What is Pierce Transit’s advertising policy?

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    Attached, Download Pierce Transit's Advertising Policy HERE

  • What times are we allowed to be on site? Where do I park?

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    For breakfast: You can arrive on site at 7 a.m. for set up and officially open at 7:30 a.m.

    For lunch: You can set up on site starting at 10:30 a.m. and officially open at 11 a.m. We ask food trucks to stop serving at 2 p.m.

    Food trucks are required to park in the Pierce Transit Training Center Visitor Parking Lot (3720 96th Street SW Lakewood, WA 98499) in the corner immediately to the left after turning in. There will be A-boards and cones directing you.

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