JAMESTOWN – Western New York’s gas costs are the lowest statewide after a rise in prices last week due to the Colonial Pipeline shutdown.
New York State’s average is ten cents higher at $3.06 a gallon with the national average at $3.05.
One year ago at this time, prices at the pump were $2.16 statewide and $1.88 nationwide.
AAA says that the Colonial Pipeline shutdown lead to an increase in gas prices at the national level, during a time when prices were already rising due to higher crude costs and demand ahead of Memorial Day.
The travel agency says states that have been experiencing supply strain should get relief with a decline in prices in coming days.
Furthermore, AAA reports that Memorial Day typically results in some of the year’s highest gas prices.
The organization does not expect this to keep people from traveling this year.