Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Move Lower Ahead of Historic Holiday Travel Week

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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania dropped by a penny this week to $2.774 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Four states across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are paying some of the most expensive gasoline in the country; Pennsylvania ($2.71), Washington, D.C. ($2.68), Connecticut ($2.65), and New York ($2.63). 

Still, gas prices decreased on the week across the region.  Building by 750,000 barrels, gasoline inventories increased for a fifth consecutive week and register at 59 million barrels, which is the highest level in four months.  

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average:  $2.774
Average price during the week of December 11, 2017: $2.786
Average price during the week of December 19, 2016: $2.452

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:      

$2.754      Altoona
$2.812      Beaver
$2.795      Bradford
$2.732      Brookville
$2.801      Butler
$2.801      Clarion
$2.773      Du Bois
$2.714      Erie
$2.799      Greensburg
$2.799      Indiana
$2.824      Jeannette
$2.809      Kittanning
$2.773      Latrobe
$2.755      Meadville
$2.799      Mercer
$2.789      New Castle
$2.764      New Kensington
$2.800      Pittsburgh
$2.727      Sharon
$2.670      Uniontown
$2.811      Warren
$2.726      Washington


On the National Front
On the week, the national average dropped three cents to $2.43 – 12 cents cheaper than one month ago, but 20 cents more per gallon than this time last year.  Weekly gasoline inventories increased by an astonishing 5.7 million barrels, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. 

AAA projects that more than 107 million Americans will travel more than fifty miles away from home for the holidays (December 23-January 1).  For the 97.4 million traveling by car, gasoline has the potential to drop.  The increase in supply combined with so-far weaker winter demand and seasonal gasoline trends could pave the way for even cheaper winter gas prices in the coming weeks, barring any unforeseen circumstances. 

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 81 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members.  News releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jim Garrity, Public & Community Relations Manager
Desk: 412-365-7274 / Cell: 412-905-9021 / Email: Garrity.James@aaaec.com

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