Finally, some good news:
Retail gasoline prices rebounded upward statewide this week, according to a weekly survey.
The average price of regular self-serve across the state climbed 2 cents from last week to $2.69 per gallon, according to the AAA Texas gas price survey released today. The national average rose 4 cents to $2.81 per gallon.
“Now that the summer driving season is over and the seasonal, cleaner fuel requirements will be ending in many locations, refiners should begin to have an easier time supplying fuel,” said auto club spokeswoman Rose Rougeau. “Consumers will have to wait and see if that translates into lower prices at the pumps.”
Amarillo remained the Texas city with the most expensive gas. It’s average price rose 4 cents to $2.97. Houston had the cheapest gas this week at $2.59 per gallon. That’s virtually unchanged from last week.
These are average per-gallon prices of regular, self-serve gasoline in Texas metro areas and the change from last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch released Friday:
Amarillo — $2.966, up 4.0 cents
Austin-San Marcos — $2.699, up 1.6 cents
Beaumont — $2.658, up 4.2 cents
Corpus Christi — $2.619, up 4.6 cents
Dallas — $2.639, up 2.2 cents
El Paso — $2.892, up 7.8 cents
Fort Worth — $2.636, up 2.2 cents
Galveston-Texas City — $2.614, up 0.3 cent
Houston — $2.594, up 0.8 cent
San Antonio — $2.688, up 1.9 cents
Texarkana (Texas only) — $2.703, up 3.9 cents
And it’s a good thing, too, seeing as how co-dependent Houstonians are upon their vehicles owing to an almost complete lack of public transport. Then again, where would that public transport take you to? And from where? Woodlands to Downtown? To the Galleria? To the Medical Center? To Greenspoint? To Westchase? And what about from Sugar Land? Or from Cypress? Or from Katy? Or from Pearland or Pasadena or Clear Lake or Kingwood or Conroe or Humble or Jersey Village? There are simply too many large, concentrated areass that people are coming from and going to for public transport to work. Not to mention the lack of pedestrianized areas and the damnable heat and humidity.
So I guess being this close to the refineries has its perks after all.