Food Truck Lottery System Starting in D.C.

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A customer purchases lunch from one of the hundreds of vending trucks that set up shop along the streets of Washington, DC. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

A customer purchases lunch from one of the hundreds of vending trucks that set up shop along the streets of Washington, DC. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A lottery system for food truck operators in the District of Columbia has started.

The new system, which began Monday, allots assigned spaces to participating trucks for their exclusive use every weekday. They’ll be able to park in the spaces for four hours, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

District officials say the lottery is intended to bring predictability to the city’s food truck scene, which until now has permitted operators to park wherever they choose.

The assigned spaces are located in spots where trucks tend to congregate to serve the lunch crowd, including Franklin Square, Farragut Square, L’Enfant Plaza and Metro Center.

Trucks that don’t participate can still sell food on district streets, but they have to stay at least 200 feet away from the designated locations and pay parking meter fees.

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