KANSAS CITY METRO (KCTV) — Gas prices in the Kansas City area continued their upward trend last week, now trading 48 cents higher than a month ago.
The average cost of a gallon of gas on the subway is $3.17. That’s 17.7 cents more than a week ago and 48.6 cents more than a month ago, according to GasBuddy, an organization that tracks and analyzes gas prices across the country.
Local gas prices fell for much of last year, but recent sharp hikes have wiped out those gains. Gas prices in the Kansas City area are 13 cents higher than they were a year ago.
These numbers largely reflect national trends. The national average for a gallon of gas rose 9.7 cents last week, to $3.49 a gallon. That’s 33 cents more than a month ago and 14 cents more than a year ago, according to GasBuddy.
“The national average price of gasoline increased for the fifth straight week as retailers ignored the increase in wholesale gasoline prices due to ongoing challenges: refinery utilization that has not yet fully recovered from the December cold and refinery maintenance season just around the corner,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “There appears to be little good news on the gas price front, with prices unlikely to change anytime soon.”