GAS PRICES rose 2 cents this week in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, bringing the states' respective averages to $3.47 and $3.37 for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular. This week marked the end of a monthlong trend of falling prices.
PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices rose 2 cents in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, ending four consecutive weeks of declines, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.47 in Rhode Island in the Feb. 10 survey, 2 cents more than the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.37 per gallon, 2 cents above 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 8 cents lower than last month. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.74 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.68 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.40 to $3.60 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.73 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.81 for premium unleaded to $4.24 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.20 to $3.70 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.60 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.72 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.24 per gallon.
Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.29 for a gallon of unleaded regular – 18 cents lower than Rhode Island and 8 cents lower than Massachusetts – which rose 1 cent compared with last week.