R.I., Mass. gas prices rise

THE PRICE OF REGULAR gasoline in Rhode Island increased 3 cents this week to $2.51 per gallon. / BLOOMERG FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS
THE PRICE OF REGULAR gasoline in Rhode Island increased 4 cents this week to $2.61 per gallon. The price in Massachusetts increased 3 cents to $2.53 per gallon. / BLOOMERG FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island saw a 4 cent increase in the average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline per gallon this week, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

Regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island averaged $2.61 per gallon this week – on par with the national average. This time last year, average gasoline price in the state was 38 cents lower at $2.23 per gallon. Prices ranged between $2.55 to $2.74 for regular unleaded gas in the state.

Midgrade gasoline in Rhode Island averaged $2.88 this week, with prices ranging from $2.75 to $3.06 per gallon. Premium unleaded gasoline in the state averaged $3.06 this week, with prices ranging from $2.89 to $3.19. And diesel fuel ranged from $2.99 to $3.16 per gallon, with an average price of $3.05.

“Every motorist in the country is paying more at the pump than they did a year ago,” said Mary Maguire, AAA director of public and legislative affairs in a statement.

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Massachusetts saw a 3 cent increase in price for self-serve, regular unleaded gas prices this week, averaging $2.53 per gallon. This time last year, the average gas price was 34 cents lower at $2.19. Regular regular unleaded gas in the Massachusetts averaged $2.53 per gallon this, with prices ranging from $2.45 to $2.79.

Midgrade unleaded gasoline in Massachusetts averaged $2.75 this week, with prices ranging from $2.58 to $2.99. Premium unleaded gasoline in Massachusetts averaged $2.94 this week, with prices ranging from $2.68 to $3.25. And diesel averaged $2.99 per gallon, with a range of $2.89 to $3.14.

Lauren Aratani is a PBN contributing writer.