GAS PRICES fell 2 cents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, bringing the states' respective averages to $3.71 and $3.67 for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular. The national average also dropped 2 cents to $3.65 per gallon.
PROVIDENCE – Gas prices fell in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, ending five consecutive weeks of climbing or unchanged gasoline prices in the two states, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.71 in Rhode Island in the May 12 survey, a decrease of 2 cents over the price a week ago. Similarly, in Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular fell 2 cents compared with last week to $3.67 per gallon.
Rhode Island’s average price came in 10 cents higher than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices were 13 cents higher than last month’s. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.55 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.48 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.54 to $3.85 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.93 for mid-grade unleaded to $4.02 for premium unleaded to $4.05 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.40 to $3.80 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.85 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.98 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.08 per gallon.
The national average price for a gallon of unleaded regular also dropped 2 cents compared with last week to $3.65, 2 cents lower than the Massachusetts average and 6 cents lower than Rhode Island’s average.