Two RTD unions have asked a judge to reconsider a ruling that allowed the Foothill Transit Zone to expand bus service in the San Gabriel Valley.
Superior Court Judge Eli Chernow has postponed the effective date of his July decision from this week to Aug. 11, but will probably make his final decision by Friday, said William P. Forsythe, Foothill Transit's executive director.
Last month, Chernow ruled that Foothill Transit, a joint operation of 20 area cities and the county, was legal. Unions representing 7,000 Southern California Rapid Transit District drivers and mechanics challenged the transit zone's creation, arguing that it threatened union jobs and was an illegal breakup of the RTD.
Foothill was approved by the county Transportation Commission, which oversees county transportation policy, in late 1987 as a low-cost alternative to the RTD. Since December, Foothill has operated two express routes from Diamond Bar and Glendora to downtown Los Angeles at lower fares than the RTD had charged.