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Application for Local Planning and Community Accessibility (ALPACA) tool

Welcome to the WSDOT Application for Local Planning and Community Accessibility (ALPACA) tool. The purposes of this tool are to facilitate compliance with Federal Transit Administration guidance regarding Title VI non-discrimination, and provide local jurisdictions with information for planning accessible communities and conducting outreach.

This tool was created to help transit agencies and planners identify and work closely with the different demographic populations within user-defined areas. ALPACA can form the basis of discussions about planning more accessible communities for special needs populations and assist in conducting targeted outreach. Broader discussions about creating livable communities for everyone will lead to planning an environment on the principles of universal design.

Take the time to explore this planning tool and use the feedback forum to let us know what you think. We are currently beta-testing this tool and will make updates periodically.
 

Summary of Functions

This application can be used for:

  • Assisting with Title VI non-discrimination compliance requirements.
  • Reviewing demographic information about vulnerable and special needs populations – including data about language, race, veterans, income and poverty, age, and disability status – for general planning.
  • Developing user-defined areas of analysis.
  • Importing data, using the “add data” function (coming soon).
  • Increasing public outreach to targeted special needs populations.
  • Printing and exporting maps for future reference (coming soon).

System Requirements

For the best experience with this application, you will need to use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer 9 or 10 as your browser.

Questions and Help

For information about how to navigate the ALPACA tool, try the help guide (pdf 239 kb) once you launch the ALPACA tool, or the ALPACA user testing guide (pdf 271 kb).

For questions or comments about the ALPACA tool, contact Evan Olsen at olsene@wsdot.wa.gov or call 360-705-6929.

References

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