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.
|12, -41.8495, 144.1073|
|• County||Chester County|
|• Mayor||Andrew Hernanden|
|• Estimate (2017)||1,182,000|
|Metro||Wallawaukee Subway, the "Ellie" (WUTA)|
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 3.1 Topography
- 3.2 Communities
- 3.3 Suburbs and Secondary Cities
- 3.4 Streetscape
- 3.5 Architecture
- 4 Climate
- 5 Transportation
- 5.1 Expressways
- 5.1.1 Early freeways (SN-35, FS-81, FS-20)
- 5.1.2 Urban renewal period, 1960s-70s
- 5.1.3 Wallawaukee Toll Byway and FS-81/SN-35 Express Lanes
- 5.1.4 Transition to prioritizing maintenance and safety, transit, 1990s
- 5.1.5 Tolls added to other major freeways
- 5.1.6 Northside Connector demolition, 2009
- 5.1.7 Completion of Wallawaukee-Gramercy Express Turnpike and Southeast Connector Turnpike
- 5.2 Public Transportation
- 5.3 Airports
- 5.4 Cycleways and Greenways
- 5.5 Wallawaukee Cross Canal
- 5.1 Expressways
- 6 Culture
The name Wallawaukee was derived from "water land" in the native [?] language.
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.
Suburbs and Secondary Cities
Covenshaw and Anrey
|Climate data for Wallawaukee, 1975–2016|
|Average high °C (°F)||26
|Average low °C (°F)||21
|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|
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 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.
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.
|Line||Name||Rush-Hour Service||Off-Peak Service||Late-Night Service (1am-4:30am)|
|Red Line||Foley-Fillmore-Gavine Avenue Line||↔ ↔|
|Pink Line||Chester-Strattane-Cleveledge Line||↔ ↔|
|Green Line||Vernongate Line||↔ ↔|
|Orange Line||Scarlet Ridge Line||↔ ↔||No Late Night Service|
|Blue Line||Dean-Strattane-Annagawi Line||↔ ↔|
|Yellow Line||Leewise-(BUS 170) Line||↔ ↔|
|Brown Line||Annagawi Avenue Line||↔|
|Purple Line||West Annetta-Hartman Line||↔ ↔||↔ ↔|
|Lime Line||Brighston-Itigweyya Line||↔ ↔||No Late Night Service|
|Silver Line||Ellenwood Limited||↔ ↔||↔ ↔||No Late Night Service|
|Brighston BeeLine||Kellenwood Pkwy Light Rail||↔||No Late Night Service|
|Brighston BeeBus||Anrey-Heidi Pk-Walkegan BRT||↔||No Late Night Service|
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.
|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|
|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 totrains and bus|
All express buses serving Downtown Wallawaukee serve both Wallawaukee Sutter Station and Wallawaukee Eastside Station.
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.
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.
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.