Gasoline prices in the Austin area have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.98/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 830 stations across the area. This compares with the national average that is unchanged versus last week to $2.25/g, according to GasBuddy.
"The national average saw limited upward movement in the last week, while the lowest price stations overall were the locations that saw prices tick higher,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
Average gasoline prices on Jan. 28 in Austin have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.29/g in 2018, $2.07/g in 2017, $1.62/g in 2016, $1.80/g in 2015 and $3.07/g in 2014.
Including the change locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago and unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has dropped 2 cents per gallon during the last month.
Areas near Austin and their current gas price climate:
San Antonio- $1.94/g, up 7.3 cents per gallon from last week's $1.87/g.
Waco- $1.96/g, up 7.2 cents per gallon from last week's $1.89/g.
College Station- $1.99/g, up 2.4 cents per gallon from last week's $1.97/g.
"Part of where gas prices go from here and how quickly depends on whether or not politicians can make a long-term budget agreement. Another prolonged shutdown will hurt the economy and likely keep gas prices more muted,” said DeHaan.