Local Access and Transport Area. Essentially the geographical area defining local telephone service. Generally LATAs have "local" interests in common for example the Portland, Oregon LATA carves out a section of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington state. The eastern Massachusetts LATA includes most of eastern Massachusetts from Worcester to Boston/Newberryport to Cape Cod. Washington state is devided into three LATAs western Washington excluding the southwestern portion, Portland-Vancouver LATA and eastern Washington east of the Cascade range.