By Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter Jr. say the city plans to buy 20 to 30 more all-electric buses in the next few years.

The Chicago mayor says the effort marks his commitment to protecting the environment.

The new plan, announced Friday, could cost between $30 million and $40 million for buses and charging systems. CTA says money for the plan would come from a combination of federal funding sources. Those sources have not been finalized.

CTA began using two 40-foot all-electric buses in October 2014. The agency says it expects each electric bus to save $25,000 in fuel costs a year.

About 15 percent of CTA buses are hybrids using electric and clean-diesel power.

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