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Three new and radical bus concepts were unveiled in Santa Monica this morning as part of the third annual AltCar Expo. The bus of the future contest is an exercise in what's possible down the road, but it's also very timely: public transportation ridership in Santa Monica is up seven percent compared to last year.

The southeastern Pennsylvania area is about to get a whole heap of fresh public transportation options. SEPTA, the local transportation authority, announced this week that it will expand or enhance 65 "transportation options" in the coming months, with most of these changes happening in September and October. This will be the largest expansion of "public transportation service" in SEPTA's history. You can probably guess why the expansions are coming: people are moving to public transportation in

What does June 19 mean to you? For some, it means the third annual "Dump The Pump" day. Considering that I find myself in Philadelphia today, it caught my eye that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is one of the more than 100 systems participating in the effort to encourage people to take public transportation instead of the car. Considering, too, that I'm in Philly without a car and need to get over to Camden, NJ in a little while, I think I will avail myself of the buses a