Lockley Island is a small, yet densely populated island off the New England coast. Lockley Island is also the name of the city on the island. It has a population at almost 1 million and a area of about 15 square miles, being approximately circular in shape.
Lockley Island has its roots in early colonialism, however much of the original settlement has been demolished and replaced or, in the case of the Harborside District, been lost to erosion. Few buildings remain, in various states of refurbishment, and form the Old Town District.
A heavily industrial district encircling Bonny Bay, containing a port that ships along the coast as well as the occasional transatlantic voyage. Harborside was originally known as Port Salem, after one of the town’s early founders, Sir Richard Salem. However, heavy settlement and aggressive agriculture weakened the soil and much of Port Salem sunk during an earthquake in the early 1800s. The inhabitants of the time built a new harbor over the old one and, with few written records of the events, most of Port Salem wasn’t discovered until 1901 during construction of the subway system.
A primarily commercial district and tourist hotspot, with many antique and artisan shops. Very old architecture in various states of refurbishment. Features little residential, mainly apartments, lofts, etc. Places of note: City Hall
Lockley Island has many layers of transportation available to its citizens. Most prominent is the Skyway elevated train that circles and divides the city; being incredibly fast and comparably cheap, the electric railway is a common travel option for most inner-city commuters. It was commissioned in 1903 in response to the Underground Tragedy, providing a safer, more reliable mode of transportation. It’s 1908 completion was met with celebration, however since then occasional protests argue that the Skyway is equally dangerous, even though it’s seen fewer than five injuries a year.
The second most commonly used and, by far, the most ubiquitous form of inner-city transportation is the Lockley Tram System. All major roads have tracks set in them to facilitate the massive trolley system. The project began in 1868 with steam trolleys, but the pollution and noise made the cars unpopular. Since then, all trolleys have been converted to electric, running on a third rail and/or overhead cables. Given the city’s dependence on trolleys, drivers are important and well-paid positions. Most drivers are incredibly intelligent and have the know-how to address most any problem that would arise; this prevents delays that would be caused by waiting on repair crews. Most drivers are incredibly skilled, but under great amounts of pressure; due to this, the trolleys often travel dangerously fast along the roads.
Lastly, electromobiles and petrolmobiles (collectively called automobiles) share the road with the trolleys. The former works with a functional battery that can carry a charge for approximately an hour and is built with a sliding foot that can be attached to the city’s third rail. The cost of this electricity usage is covered in auto taxes. The latter, petrolmobiles, are extremely rare and are typically unpopular, due to their noise, pollution, and relative inefficiency. Most petrolmobile owners use their vehicles exclusively to travel outside the city. Automobiles in general are expensive and uncommon – and also dangerous to drive alongside the trolleys.
Due to the high congestion of traffic at a near-constant rate, foot traffic at ground level is difficult and often dangerous. While most blocks are surrounded by sidewalks, they tend to be narrow and often do not connect via crosswalk. Many buildings have built exterior ledges and skybridges in order to accommodate foot traffic above ground. Most rooftops in dense urban centers are designed to facilitate pedestrians. Though away from the mass transit vehicles below, the skywalks still aren’t always safe; many pedestrians travel via bicycle, often with an electric motor.
The large New Sweden Railway that runs the Northeastern coast of the United States has a branch that connects Lockley Island to the mainland. This track supports both freight and passenger travel, that latter of which facilitated by a number of shared stations along the Skyway.