R.I., Mass. gas prices drop for third consecutive week
GAS PRICES fell 2 cents this week in Rhode Island and 3 cents in Massachusetts, bringing the states' respective averages to $3.49 and $3.38 for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular. The national average in the Jan. 27 survey was $3.28 per gallon.
PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices fell in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, slightly 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 $3.49 in Rhode Island in the Jan. 27 survey, 2 cents less than the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.38 per gallon, 3 cents below last week.
Rhode Island’s average price comes in 6 cents cheaper than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices are 9 cents lower than last month. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.54 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.45 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.31 to $3.60 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.72 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.84 for premium unleaded to $4.04 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.24 to $3.60 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.61 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.73 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.05 per gallon.
Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.28 for a gallon of unleaded regular – 21 cents lower than Rhode Island and 10 cents lower than Massachusetts – which remained unchanged since last week.