LOS ANGELES — Transit officials have agreed to spend more than $138 million to buy 95 electric buses for Los Angeles County — a big first step toward the goal of an emissions-free fleet.

The Los Angeles Times says (http://lat.ms/2tPrdx4 ) the purchases approved Thursday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are among the largest of any U.S. transit agency.

The MTA has set a goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions by 2030.

The newspaper says when the electric buses begin running, they will represent less than 5 percent of Metro’s fleet — but they will at least double the number of electric buses in use in California.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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