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UPDATE: Heading Into The Summer Travel Months, Texans Are Paying More For Gas

Those prices aren’t expected to drop anytime soon

Retail gasoline prices in all Texas cities surveyed by AAA rose in the past week.

The average gas price in Texas now stand at $2.70 a gallon. That’s 53 cents more than the same time last year.

As for why prices are going up after weeks of declines, Daniel Armbruster with AAA Texas said a lot has to do with world events.

“Global demand is outpacing global supply,” explained Armbruster. “And we’ve had situations of course in Venezuela. You have Iran, the sanctions that are now re-imposed in Iran. And that’s cutting down the supply that’s available across the world and so retail gas prices are going up.”

But despite the higher prices, Armbruster expects a lot of Texans to travel this summer. He said they’re actually expecting about a 5% increase over 2017.

“We have a strong economy,” added Armbruster. “Consumer confidence is up and unemployment is down and people feel they have extra disposable income to spend and to travel.”

Here in Houston the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.68. That’s up seven cents over last week.

The most expensive gas this week in in El Paso, with an average of $2.99 a gallon. Drivers can find the cheapest gas in San Antonio and Amarillo with an average of $2.60.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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