Essential Pittsburgh
4:15 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Gas Prices Closing in on the $4 Mark in Pittsburgh

Gas prices have been rising in the last month, but this trend may come to a halt.
Credit Jenn Durfey / Flickr

Perhaps you have noticed the marquee at your local convenience store and other displays of the price of a gallon of gas inching upward in past weeks. Pennsylvania’s gas prices have been ranked the tenth highest in the country.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Pennsylvania is $3.76, well above the national average of $3.67. Pittsburgh is even higher than the rest of Pennsylvania, with an average price of a gallon of gas costing $3.84.

Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com, said in some areas of Pittsburgh $4.00 for a gallon of gas is a penny away.

“It may have something to do with just the logistics in getting fuel from either the terminals or refineries directly into the market,” said Laskoski. “It’s very possible also that either county or local taxes are contributing to it as well.”

Laskoski said despite increasing prices, Pittsburgh is not even close to the worst in the United States. In California, he said people pay around $4.20 for a gallon of gas.

Another positive note for the Steel City is that gas prices are expected to start falling.

“We’re likely to see gasoline prices come down. More likely to see that happen than see them go up over the next week.”