The City Council voted unanimously Monday to take the first step toward joining Foothill Transit, which serves 250,000 commuters in the central and eastern San Gabriel Valley, replacing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The city agreed to contribute $45,000 toward expanding Foothill's services to Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Montebello, Rosemead, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena.
At present, the West Covina-based Foothill provides two routes into Pasadena from the east San Gabriel Valley.
Council members complained Monday that MTA buses cost more to operate than Foothill Transit buses. They said the MTA should concentrate on providing better service for Los Angeles.
The City Council decision is the latest blow against the MTA. Council members early this year backed a successful legislative effort to remove the MTA from the Pasadena Blue Line project in favor of an independent construction authority.