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RTD SEEKS COURT RULING ON OPERATION OF TWO SAN GABRIEL VALLEY BUS LINES

 RTD SEEKS COURT RULING ON OPERATION
 OF TWO SAN GABRIEL VALLEY BUS LINES
 LOS ANGELES, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- RTD Tuesday asked the California State Superior Court for permission to file for declaratory relief in a pending action in an attempt to determine which transit agency can legally run bus service on two San Gabriel Valley bus lines currently being served by both RTD and the Foothill Transit Zone.
 RTD Board President Marvin Holen said the court's help has been sought to settle what has become an "intolerable situation and a waste of transit tax money" on lines 486 (Los Angeles-El Monte-Puente Hills Mall) and 488 (Los Angeles-West Covina-Glendora). Both agencies have been running service on the two lines since June 22.
 "RTD is operating service on lines 486 and 488 because of previous court rulings," Holen said. "But having Foothill Transit running service on the exact same routes is confusing to riders, not to mention wasteful of money and manpower. It's an intolerable situation for both agencies, and that's why we are asking the court's assistance."
 Holen further stated that the action has been filed in a non- adversarial manner after first reviewing the matter with both the Foothill Transit Zone and the United Transportation Union (UTU), who are parties in the existing lawsuit. The UTU represents RTD's 5,000 bus operators.
 In December 1988, the District agreed to turn over 14 bus lines, including lines 486 and 488, to the Foothill Transit Zone. Following a series of ensuing court cases challenging the legality of the agreement, a state appellate court on April 9, 1992, upheld a lower court's ruling that RTD had no authority to give up the lines.
 RTD has continued to operate service on the two lines following the ruling. On June 21, 1992, Foothill Transit began Line 486 and Line 488 service of its own, citing the December 1988 agreement.
 In a declaratory relief action, the court is asked to declare the rights and obligations of the parties under current law. If the court permits the action to be filed, a decision on the issue presented is expected in October.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Davy or Jim Smart of RTD, 213-972-4400/ CO: Southern California Rapid Transit District ST: California IN: SU:


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