Average price of gas in Massachusetts hits $5 per gallon

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Gas is at an all-time high in Massachusetts. The average price of gas is now $5, and the upward trend is not showing any signs of easing up.

Two friends in Canton planned a girls’ day out and are forced to pool their money to afford a tank of gas.

“Now that they have skyrocketed to $5. Geez, my pockets are breaking,” said one girl. They told us they are splitting the cost to fill up.

“Yeah, we did half and half...20 and 20, so 40. That’s a lot,” said her friend.

AAA Southern New England Spokesperson Mary Maguire says the average price of gas is the highest ever.

“We are breaking history today in Massachusetts with a $5 price tag for regular unleaded gasoline on average across the Commonwealth,” said Maguire.

As we hit the milestone of $5 per gallon, AAA says we could see more milestones this summer.

“I think the pandemic is a complicating factor in terms of impacting people’s driving habits. I also think there is a lot of pent up demand for travel,” said Maguire.

AAA says demand is what is also contributing to the upward trend. May and June are already busy travel times.

“Because of the fact we have weddings, graduations, picking up kids from college, the beginning of the travel season, so we have a high demand for gas right now,” said Maguire.

As far as more transit riders, the T is telling us that subway and commuter rail ridership is still about 50 percent below pre-pandemic levels. But they are seeing some upward increases in recent weeks.

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