FAIRFIELD — One day last week, Chris Cardenas fueled up her car at the Chevron gas station on Travis Boulevard.
“I just came back from Louisiana and it was 50 cents cheaper there,” she said.
Cardenas said she spends $120 per month on fueling up her car with regular unleaded gasoline. While Cardenas fueled up her car, the cost of regular unleaded was $4.19, mid-grade $4.29, and premium gas was a dime higher at $4.39.
According to the AAA daily fuel gauge report, the average cost of gasoline has increased about 40 cents in California during the past month.
In the Fairfield-Vallejo-Napa region, the average price of regular unleaded gas was $4.123 Sunday – leading Cardenas to consider other options.
“My bike is in storage right now but I’m going to start using it and bike around,” Cardenas said.
As gas prices have increased, the Fairfield and Suisun Transit Agency has seen a steady increase of people buying passes, Fairfield Assistant Public Works Director for Transportation Wayne Lewis said.
Gas prices also affect city operations.
“Gas prices are volatile,” said David White, Fairfield’s deputy city manager and director of finance. “We manage our budget on a monthly basis and if gas prices rise during one month we look to scale back other line items in the budget during the same time.”
White stressed that decreasing gas prices could hurt the city finances, since the city benefits from sales taxes associated from selling gasoline within the city limits.
On Sunday, the San Luis Obispo/Atascadera/Paso Robles region sold the most expensive regular gas in the state at $4.324 per gallon, according to the AAA daily fuel gauge report.
According to a AAA Northern California press release, a monthly gas survey conducted by AAA Northern California cites shows that the rising gas prices are attributed to the conversion to summer-blend gasoline, statewide refinery issues and a rise in crude oil prices.
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