Public Transportation - Application for Local Planning and Community Accessibility (ALPACA) tool

This page contains a link and instructions for using the WSDOT Application for Local Planning and Community Accessibility (ALPACA) tool. This tool provides information for local jurisdictions to help them identify populations with special transportation needs for engagement and planning. It also helps local jurisdictions comply with Federal Transit Administration guidance regarding Title VI non-discrimination (pdf 832 kb).

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.

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, and age – for general planning.
  • Developing user-defined areas of analysis.
  • Importing data, using the “add data” function.
  • Increasing public outreach to targeted special needs populations.
  • Printing and exporting maps for future reference.

System requirements

For the best experience with this application, it is suggested you use Google Chrome as your web 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: Evan Olsen, or (360) 705-6929.