PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices rose again in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, the third consecutive week of price increases, 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 Feb. 24 survey, 4 cents more than the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.47 per gallon, 2 cents above last week.
Rhode Island’s average price comes in 4 cents higher than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices are 9 cents higher than last month. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.82 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.76 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.44 to $3.70 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.77 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.87 for premium unleaded to $4.23 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.34 to $3.64 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.65 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.78 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.23 per gallon.
Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.42 for a gallon of unleaded regular – 11 cents lower than Rhode Island and 5 cents lower than Massachusetts – which rose 6 cents compared with last week.