Gas Prices Remain Level for Holiday Travel

Weekly Fuel Prices Report
(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24, 2009) –Gas prices continued along a month-long plateau, giving holiday travelers more of the same, prices in the high $2.90s, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.924 per gallon, which is one-tenth of a cent more than last week, 2.7 cents less than last month, and $1.15 higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.913, which is the same as last week’s price, 3.1 cents below last month, and $1.10 higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.006, up 2.8 cents from last week, up a penny from a month ago, and $1.12 above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.906, which is three-tenths of one cent less than last week, 4.2 cents less than last month, and $1.14 more than last year.

“While prices have remained relatively flat for nearly a month, average prices still remain more than a dollar higher than at this time last year,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “The economy is expected to improve in 2010, and we’ll have to see how that affects pump prices.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Dec. 24, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     0.1 cent
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     0.1 cent
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     2.8 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     -0.3 cent
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
     -1.7 cent
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      0.1 cent
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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(714) 885-2333
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