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Gas prices higher in Rochester
Updated: Saturday, January 3 2015, 09:59 AM EST
Rochester, N.Y. – Gas prices are down across the country, but in Rochester, drivers are still paying more than most people in the U.S.
According to AAA, the Rochester area has the highest average price per gallon than any other metro area in the continental U.S.
On Friday, AAA reported the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is $2.83 in the Rochester area — That’s 60 cents higher than the national average of $2.23 a gallon.
In an email to 13WHAM News, AAA spokesperson Diana Dibble said New York gas prices are rarely competitive with the national average. Dibble said, “New York State gas prices are always higher than U.S. averages due to our tax structure in New York State.”
To explain why the cost spiked in the Rochester area, Dibble said that’d be a question for local retailers.
“Retail prices often depend on the dynamics within an area or region – the suppliers, number of suppliers and competition,” Dibble said.
At the Kwik Fill on Buffalo Road in Rochester, a gallon of regular cost $3.19 Friday. According to GasBuddy.com, that was the highest price in Rochester that day.
“That’s too high, I’m going someplace else,” Jennifer Rogers said as she pulled past the pump. “I have 12 more miles before I run out of gas.”
Running on empty, Rogers decided to look for a lower price and she didn’t have to go too far to find it.
Less than a quarter of a mile away, the sign outside the Valero station on Buffalo Road had a gallon a regular going for $2.77. The 44 cent price difference didn’t make sense to drivers, but no one questioned where they’d rather fill up.
“You got to have gas if you want to travel,” Alphonso Edwards said at a Valero pump. Edwards said he has no choice but to deal with the prices and pay up.
“Rochester has probably got everything higher than anybody in the country. You got to live with it what are you going to do,” said Edwards.
Prices ranged from $3.19 to $2.69 in Rochester Friday. Drivers said it’s best to shop around, as long as they don’t waste too much gas getting to those lower prices.
Edwards said, “It’s much better now than it was some months ago, hopefully it will still go down more because you can’t travel without gas.”