Diesel Vehicle Grant

Prince George's County has received a $198,000 grant from the Department of Energy to participate in a study of the cost and energy savings of diesel vehicles.

County Executive Parris Glendening submitted to the council Tuesday that the grant, administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community development, be used to purchase five 26-passenger diesel buses for the county's Department of Aging to transport senior citizens. The council is expected to take up the proposal Nov. 3.

"This is part of a continuing effort to enrich the lives of our senior citizens," Glendening said in a statement. "Transportation and mobility is an integral part of these efforts."

Students on Council

County Executive Parris Glendening has appointed 13 high school students to the Executive Youth Advisory Council.

The council, established by Glendening last year, will review all county services and programs for youth as well as advise Glendening on other youth appointments made to state and local boards and commissions.

The students, from public and private schools throughout the county, will serve a one-year term. Johanna Ramos of Crossland High School, appointed for the second time, will chair the committee.

The other members and their schools are as follows: Timothy Bridgewaters of Largo, Kelly Covington of Frederick Douglass, LaMar Funn of LaReine, Hoke S. Glover of DeMatha Catholic, Michael K. Jones of DuVal, Raymond Lee of Oxon Hill, Sun Yong Pak of Eleanor Roosevelt, Shaun Ross of Central, Mary Simpson of Regina, Olili Truth Smith of Oxon Hill, Elaine M. Stengel of Laurel and Paige Tinney of Northwestern.

Metrobus Incentives

As part of a six-month experiment, metrobus fares on seven routes in the Bowie and Greenbelt areas of Prince George's County will be reduced to 50 cents starting Saturday to attract new riders to the system.

Routes to be affected during the experiment are R-11, R-15, T-12, T-14, T-16, T-17 and T-19.

The incentives are designed to help encourage residents to take the bus, rather than drive to the New Carrollton Station. To encourage riders even further, parking fees on the station's surface lots, presently full before 7:30 a.m., will increase from $1 to $1.50 and 400 permit parking spaces in the county's New Carrollton parking garage will be raised to $30 per month. Also during the six months, rail-to-bus transfers will not be accepted on the affected routes.

At the end of the experiment officials will examine its effectiveness and consider expanding it to other county metrorail stations and routes.

New Shopping Center

Construction is scheduled to begin this week on the new Coral Hills Shopping Center in 4800 block of Marlboro Pike.

The center, developed by Harvey Development Company, Inc. and Feld Development Corporation, will cover 85,000 square feet with 20 stores to be constructed in two phases. The project's total cost is $8 million.