Wallawaukee

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Wallawaukee, officially the City of Wallawaukee, is the most populous city in the Federal State of Seneppi with an estimated population of 1,182,000, and is one of the most major cities in the Federal States. The county seat of Chester County, the city of Wallawaukee is centered on the namesake Wallawaukee River in the northeastern part of Seneppi, and the greater Wallawaukee-Brighston-Trenchent metropolitan area is located alongside [Lake 1], with suburbs and secondary cities stretching up along Lake Glen and the Walkegan border.

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Wallawaukee, Seneppi
City
Flag
CountryFlag of the FSA.svg Federal States
 • StateSeneppi State Flag2.png Seneppi
 • CountyChester County
DemonymWallawaukian
Government
 • MayorAndrew Hernanden
Population
 • Estimate (2017)1,182,000
MetroWallawaukee Subway, the "Ellie" (WUTA)

Etymology

The name Wallawaukee was derived from "water land" in the native [?] language.

History

Beginnings

Before the 19th century, the area was predominately inhabited by the [?] native Archantan tribe, though their largest settlements were south of where the city limits of Wallawaukee are today.

In 1768, Ingerish settlers led by John Stephens Courtney discovered an established native Archantan settlement slightly south of today's Wallawaukee, around today's Covenshaw. The Ingerish settlers made contact and had a semi-friendly welcome, but as tensions quickly rose between the groups, partially due to some of the natives' earlier negative interactions with Franquese settlers, the Ingerish settlers moved northward as to minimize confrontation and settled further north upstream from the mouth of the Wallawaukee River in today's Wallawaukee Fork neighborhood. The new location still had fertile land and direct access to the lake via the river, a major asset for shipping, and was far enough away from the native settlements to minimize conflict but close enough to interact and trade.

Wallawaukee began development from there in the late 1700s and early 1800s as a major port along Lake 1 for transporting goods from Seneppi's agricultural and manufacturing areas to other states as well as an unofficial military port. Wallawaukee was considered part of Ingerish/Federal States territory at the time, but was somewhat in disputed territory with the Franquese claiming the southern part of what is now Seneppi. Early plans were to use Wallawaukee as a strategic fort as well, but this never panned out as the Federal States would gain former Franquese settlement Franklinsburgh through the _____ Purchase, giving them a separate strategic port along [Lake 1] closer to the Franquese territory to the south.

By 1805, two centers began to develop, with some incoming settlers gathering and building closer to the lake than Courtney's troop had before, largely in today's Downtown Wallawaukee, and others continuing to build west of the initial Wallawaukee fork.

Geography

Topography

Communities

Downtown Wallawaukee

Wallawaukee Fork

Leewise

Sedro Park

Heathrow

Suburbs and Secondary Cities

Brighston

Itigweyya

Vernongate

Mashkode

Migiskan

Covenshaw and Anrey

Hurston

Ellenwood

Trenchent

Rachelle

Streetscape

Architecture

Climate

Climate data for Wallawaukee, 1975–2016
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
17
(63)
10
(50)
5
(41)
2
(36)
4
(39)
11
(52)
17
(63)
22
(72)
26
(79)
15.75
(60)
Average low °C (°F) 21
(70)
17
(63)
14
(57)
9
(48)
5
(41)
−1
(30)
−5
(23)
−2
(28)
1
(34)
6
(43)
12
(54)
20
(68)
8.08
(47)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 46 53 45 64 85 65 80 136 144 104 83 53 822
Average snowfall cm (inches) 0 0 0 0.4 3 9 12 7 2 0.7 trace 0 34.1
Source: National Atmospheric Institute

Transportation

Expressways

Early freeways (SN-35, FS-81, FS-20)

Urban renewal period, 1960s-70s

Like elsewhere in the Federal States, the growth of urban renewal hit Wallawaukee in the late 60s and early 70s, with several communities being partially demolished for a large batch of new freeways, including the SN-350, SN-450, SN-170/Metropolitan Freeway, and the later partially demolished SN-835/Northside Connector.

The SN-170 was especially controversial because it cut through several lower-income residential neighborhoods around the Leewise area. On a more positive side, the project happened after many others had in other cities around the F.S., so residents and activists knew to fight it. Unfortunately, the project went on mostly as planned. The city of Wallawaukee would make an effort to make things right for those displaced by lining the north Metropolitan Expressway with affordable government housing, built largely in the 1980s.

Wallawaukee Toll Byway and FS-81/SN-35 Express Lanes

In the late 80s, the growth of traffic led to the creation of a Toll Byway that bypassed all of central Wallawaukee on both FS-81 and FS-20. However, between the bypass and the growth of Trenchent and Ellenwood and commuters between those cities and downtown Wallawaukee meant FS-81/SN-35 between Wallawaukee was becoming very crowded with traffic. A major project that wouldn't be completed until the early 2000s was put into place to add tolled express lanes between SN-16 and the city of Trenchent, leaving the local lanes free.

Transition to prioritizing maintenance and safety, transit, 1990s

The late 90s saw a set of laws and budgets spearheaded by CIP then-governor Laura Sutter that prioritized road safety and road maintenance funding first and transit funding and funding for complete streets and sidewalks over any new major road construction projects.

Tolls added to other major freeways

Around the same time as the aforementioned budgets and part of the same shift in priorities, Seneppi also added tolls to portions of several major highways in Wallawaukee that were previously free, such as the SN-350 and SN-450, as a way to raise revenue and further encourage the downtown city center to be less car-centered. The majority of money from tolls and the gas tax initiated by Governor Sutter go towards transit funding, with the rest of the tax revenue largely funneled into the maintenance of the road network.

Northside Connector demolition, 2009

Completion of Wallawaukee-Gramercy Express Turnpike and Southeast Connector Turnpike

The two remaining major toll roadway projects serving Wallawaukee, the Wallawaukee-Gramercy Express Turnpike that redirected FS-20 to be a direct toll route between Gramercy and Wallawaukee, and the Southeast Connector Turnpike, a roadway that connected the Wallawaukee-Gramercy Turnpike directly to downtown via an extension of SN-13 and served as a southeastern completion of the beltway, were finished around 2015. To date, these were the last two major roadway projects

Public Transportation

A quick overview map of the WUTA network, including all routes of the Wallawaukee Elevated Subway, the BeeLine and BeeBus in Brighston, and the few remaining streetcars.

Public transportation in and around Wallawaukee is operated by the Wallawaukee Urban Transit Authority, or WUTA for short. Within the area, WUTA operates 10 heavy rail/metro lines, one light rail line, one full bus rapid transit line, three streetcars, and dozens of local bus routes, some in dedicated lanes. WUTA also oversees WUTAregional, which provides commuter rail and regional bus service to suburban parts of the region.

Subway

Wallawaukee's metro system includes 10 separate color-coded subway lines, a light rail, and a BRT line, and is colloquially referred to as "The 'Ellie'", which is short for "Elevated" since most heavy rail lines are primarily elevated (though there are also significant sections underground and at-grade). The Wallawaukee Subway (and somewhat WUTA as a whole) also has official mascots Ellie and Elliot, a cartoon woman and man that are used in ads and some service announcements.

The 'Ellie' (Wallawaukee Elevated Subway)
Line Name Rush-Hour Service Off-Peak Service Late-Night Service (1am-4:30am)
Red Line Foley-Fillmore-Gavine Avenue Line  Foley-Fillmore Intl Airport  Downtown Loop  Business Pk Pkwy (West Brighston) 
Pink Line Chester-Strattane-Cleveledge Line  Lindmar (Southwest Wallawaukee)  Sutter Station  Saraday/University (Downtown Brighston)  
Green Line Vernongate Line  Vernon Intl Airport  Berenstein Junction  Downtown Loop   ☽︎ Continues onto Brown Line to Blossomer (SW Wallawaukee) 
Orange Line Scarlet Ridge Line  Scarlet Ridge  Berenstein Junction  Downtown Loop  No Late Night Service
Blue Line Dean-Strattane-Annagawi Line  Wren/S Vernonberry (Southwest Wallawaukee)  Sutter Station  (Mashkode) 
Yellow Line Leewise-(BUS 170) Line  Cheryl Manuela (N Forson)  Downtown Loop   Sennery (North Brighston) 
Brown Line Annagawi Avenue Line  Blossomer (Southwest Wallawaukee)  Downtown Loop   ☽︎ Green Line Night Service 
Purple Line West Annetta-Hartman Line  Cole- Heathrow  Marshall Junction  Migiskan   Cole-Heathrow  Marshall Junction  Wallawaukee Toll Byway 
Lime Line Brighston-Itigweyya Line  Berenstein Junction  Downtown Itigweyya  Sennery (N Brighston)  No Late Night Service
Silver Line Ellenwood Limited  Ellenvale Meadows Mall  Ellenwood  Berenstein Junction   Ellenvale Meadows Mall   Ellenwood  Vernon Intl Airport  No Late Night Service
Brighston BeeLine Kellenwood Pkwy Light Rail  Business Pk Pkwy (West Brighston)  Saraday/University (Downtown Brighston)  No Late Night Service
Brighston BeeBus Anrey-Heidi Pk-Walkegan BRT  Anrey/McCarron  Brighston Central Station  No Late Night Service

WUTAregional

A quick overview map of the WUTARegional network, including all commuter rail and express bus routes.

WUTAregional is the regional bus and rail portion of the WUTA system. Most routes connect to downtown Wallawaukee in some form, running through Eastside Station, but some serve other cities in the Wallawaukee region seperately or run through Wallawaukee but bypass downtown. Express buses tend to provide semi-direct service, while the commuter rail lines often serve limited stops along the way.

WUTAregional Rail routes
Line Name Service Type Service Notes
BIF Brighston- Itygweyya- Forson/Prosonee Line Express Commuter Rail Serving Dwntn Wallawaukee (Eastside Station)
TEW Trenchent- Ellenwood Line Express Commuter Rail Serving Dwntn Wallawaukee (Eastside Station)
REW Rachelle/Amassey/Arbor Springs- Ellenwood Line Express Commuter Rail Serving Dwntn Wallawaukee (Eastside Station)
SEW Seneca- Wallawaukee Line Commuter Rail Serving Dwntn Wallawaukee (Eastside Station)
HCW Hallibury- Covenshaw Line Commuter Rail Serving Dwntn Wallawaukee (Eastside Station)
SPW Shannonaw- Pertersweld Line Commuter Rail Serving Dwntn Wallawaukee (Eastside Station), Foley-Fillmore Transfer
TAC Trenchent-Airport Connector Express Commuter Rail Serving Vernon Intl. Airport and Foley-Fillmore Intl, Airport
TRLinx Trenchent-Rachelle Linx Local Hybrid Rail Local service with frequent stops through Lake Glen, Trenchent, Rachelle, and Amassey
TELinx Trenchent-Ellenwood Linx Local Hybrid Rail Local service with frequent stops through south Trenchent, Madelon, and west Ellenwood
WUTAregional Bus routes
Line Name Service Type Service Notes
CRX Crobert and Ralita County Express Express Bus Serves Crobert, Meadowside, Sistead Fork, Rachelle, and Migiskan before ending in Dwntn Wallawaukee
RMX Rachelle-Migiskan Express Express Bus Shortened version of the CRX, from Rachelle to Downtown Wallawaukee
BTX Bookerton Express Express Bus Bookerton to Downtown Wallawaukee
TSX Trenchent-Sadiina Express Express Bus Trenchent to Sadiina to Dwntn Wallawaukee
SCX Seneca County Express Express Bus Seneca, Halliday, Covenshaw to Dwntn Wallawaukee
EBX Ellenwood-Brighston Express Express Bus Ellenwood to Dwntn Brighston via Brighston Business Park
ACN Abstead Connector Express Connector Abstead to Dwntn Ellenwood for transfers to  TEW   REW   TAC   TELinx  trains and  EBX  bus

All express buses serving Downtown Wallawaukee serve both Wallawaukee Sutter Station and Wallawaukee Eastside Station.

ConnectSeneppi

ConnectSeneppi, sometimes listed as ConnectSN, is a statewide intercity transit network primarily specializing in intercity commuter rail. Formerly known as the Seneppi Intercity Railroad, the system went through a recent rebranding (partially due to replacing the Alkete line with a bus and adding the Wallawaukee-Miraun-Giiwa Connector). Counting the Foley-Fillmore AirportDirect, seven ConnectSN rail lines exist, five of which radiate outward from downtown Wallawaukee's multimodal Sutter Station. ConnectSeneppi is the most commonly used mode of transit for getting between Wallawaukee and other cities in different parts of the state.

A map of the ConnectSeneppi system. The system consists of rail corridors radiating mostly out of Wallawaukee and bus connectors serving smaller cities.

ArchRail

Wallawaukee's Sutter Station acts as a major ArchRail hub, serving lines to destinations such as Franklinsburgh, Gleason, OT; Lake City, MN; and points to the northeast such as New Carnaby.

Airports

The Wallawaukee metropolitan area is served predominately by two major airports, Foley-Fillmore International Airport and secondary Vernon International Airport. Foley-Fillmore International is a major international hub for the lake area and the southern Federal States, while Vernon International currently mostly serves budget airlines and shuttle flights. Both airports are technically outside the city of Wallawaukee (near Mashkode and Vernongate respectively), but serve the entire metro area and are connected to the heart of the city via subway and commuter rail. FlySmart is partially headquartered at Foley-Fillmore International Airport.

Cycleways and Greenways

Wallawaukee Cross Canal

Culture

The Arts

Food

Music

Sports

Baseball