PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices fell slightly in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, the first time since early November that prices in both states showed a week-over-week decline, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.53 in Rhode Island in the Jan. 13 survey, 1 cent less than the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.45 per gallon, 3 cents below last week.
Local gas prices in both states came in a penny higher than their respective averages a month ago. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.53 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.43 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.47 to $3.63 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.76 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.87 for premium unleaded to $3.99 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.30 to $3.61 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.66 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.77 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4 per gallon.
Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.31 for a gallon of unleaded regular – 22 cents lower than Rhode Island and 14 cents lower than Massachusetts – which dropped a penny compared with last week’s average.