- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque’s transit system plans to start using electric buses.

A planned announcement Wednesday by Mayor Richard Berry of selection of buses that will be used follows a competitive bidding process.

Berry told the Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/IjoN4B ) that the planned purchases of 60-foot-long electric buses will give the city’s transit system a chance to earn a top environmental rating and save the city money.

Officials say the 18 buses would cost $24 million. That’s about $7 million more than diesel buses but operating costs over the buses’ warranty period would provide net savings of $14 million.

The buses are to be used as part of a new transit project along Central Avenue.

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