What is up with gas prices the last few days? We had to send the News 3 Pump Patrol out on the streets to find the cheapest prices in town. In a matter of days the prices of gas shot up 10 to 14 cents per gallon at some of the local gas stations. At the Valero on 29th St gas was $1.89 on May 1st, but by Thursday had jumped to $2.04 a gallon...and then back down to $1.99 a few hours later and by Friday had jumped back up to $2.09. Pump Patrol found the H-E-B in College Station had jacked their prices up to $2.05. And Walmart in Bryan raised prices by 10 cents.. to $1.99 a gallon. Pump Patrol found prices as high as $2.25 at some stations in Bryan-College Station.
We checked with AAA about the increase. they attribute it to several factors:
*A switch to a "summer blend" gasoline formula(which we don't have in the Brazos Valley).
*Expectation of an improved economy.(Great,bring it on)
*The coming Memorial Day Holiday Weekend (which is still 3 weeks
The weekly AAA Texas price survey released Thursday says the
average price of regular self-serve unleaded gasoline climbed nine
cents in one week to $2.04 per gallon.
The most expensive gasoline in Texas is in Amarillo, where it
rose 13 cents to $2.10 per gallon. The cheapest gas is in Houston,
where it rose seven cents to $1.99 per gallon.
The national average for regular self-serve unleaded is $2.14,
up nine cents from last week.