AAA Questions Disparity in Buffalo Gas Prices

Prices falling but not fast enough


BUFFALO, N.Y., June 14, 2012 — On behalf of its 860,000 member motorists, AAA Western and Central New York is questioning the price of gas prices in the Buffalo-Niagara Region. Despite decreasing in recent weeks, prices in Buffalo are still nine to sixteen cents higher than the neighboring Upstate markets of Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.

Today’s daily average for self-serve regular unleaded in Buffalo is $3.79, a decrease of 19 cents in the past month. The average in Rochester is $ 3.70, down 26 cents in one month; Syracuse is at $3.63, down 28 cents; and Albany is at $3.66, down 24 cents.

“While motorists may be pleased to see some relief at the pump in recent weeks, we can’t help but question why prices remain higher in the Buffalo area compared to other Upstate cities,” said Wally Smith, Vice President of AAA Western and Central New York. “We’d like some answers on behalf of our members and look to the industry to provide an explanation.”

It is not uncommon to see some fluctuation between markets and stations within the same market, depending upon how the product is supplied to and priced at the local level. This disparity between Buffalo and other areas of the state has occurred in the past but was not this significant.

As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 880,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.

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