Gas price decline ends on mainland, continues here


Gasoline prices remained unchanged in the latest AAA survey, ending 15 weeks of consecutive declines. according to the State House News Service. In the January 5, 2009 survey, AAA found the price of a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded averaged $1.62. That is a nickel below the national average and $1.43 per gallon less than the $3.05 per gallon average that Bay State motorists were paying a year ago.

While gas prices remained unchanged on the mainland they did dip slightly on Martha’s Vineyard, according to an informal survey conducted by The Martha’s Vineyard Times. Still, Island drivers continued to spend approximately 75 cents more than their Cape counterparts for a gallon of regular at most Island gas stations.

For example, last week the Citgo gas station adjacent to Five Corners in Vineyard Haven and Tisbury Shell a little further down Beach Road were selling a gallon of regular gasoline for $2.49. Yesterday, the price remained at $2.49 at the Tisbury Shell and had dropped to $2.39 at the Citgo station.

Airport Mobil in Edgartown was selling regular at $2.47 a gallon last week and $2.39 this week.

At the Edgartown Depot Corner Mobil, regular was selling for $2.39 last week. No one could be reached by phone at the station yesterday. Close by, Village Market listed regular at $2.43.

In Oak Bluffs, Jim’s Texaco was selling regular at $2.49. At DeBettencourt’s Mobil regular was $2.34.

Late Wednesday, a man who answered the phone at Up-Island Mobil in West Tisbury would not give prices over the phone. Menemsha Texaco could not be reached.

However, the best bargain was found on Sunday when Up-Island Auto in West Tisbury, as part of a weekly Sunday special, was selling a gallon of regular for $1.93.