Falling gas prices in R.I., Mass. close in on national average
GAS PRICES fell 4 cents this week in Rhode Island and 3 cents in Massachusetts, bringing the states' respective averages to $3.45 and $3.35 for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular. The national average in the Feb. 3 survey was $3.28 per gallon, unchanged for the past two weeks.
PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices fell in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, further narrowing the margin between the state and national averages, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.45 in Rhode Island in the Feb. 3 survey, 4 cents less than the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.35 per gallon, 3 cents below last week.
Rhode Island’s average price comes in 9 cents cheaper than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices are 13 cents lower than last month. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.66 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.59 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.31 to $3.59 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.73 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.84 for premium unleaded to $4.14 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.21 to $3.60 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.57 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.68 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.16 per gallon.
Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.28 for a gallon of unleaded regular – 17 cents lower than Rhode Island and 7 cents lower than Massachusetts – which has remained unchanged for the past two consecutive weeks.