Gasoline prices were up slightly on Monday from last week in Hagerstown, despite a drop in the national average price, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report online at http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com.
The local average of regular grade gas rose from $3.37 a gallon to $3.39, but the cost is still less than the $3.44 average from one month ago and the $3.41 average from one year ago, according to the AAA.
Nationally, the average price of regular grade gas was $3.61 a gallon, down from $3.63 a week ago and $3.64 a month ago, while up from $3.50 a year ago.
In Hagerstown, prices ranged from $3.33 a gallon to $3.45, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder online at http://aaa/opisnet.com/index.aspx.
The Pilot Travel Center and the Exxon-AC&T stations, located at the intersection of Halfway Boulevard and Hopewell Road, were both selling regular grade gas at $3.33 a gallon Monday morning.
However, regular grade gas was $3.42 a gallon or more at nearly 10 outlets Monday, according to the AAA.
Despite the local increase in gas prices this week, the figures are expected to fall by the end of June, the AAA said in a news release Friday.
Gas prices are expected to fall across the nation even if they increase “over the next few days,” Ragina Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic public and government affairs manager, said in the release.
By the end of June, Averella said that the national average should drop below $3.50 a gallon.
Prices across the state of Maryland for a gallon of regular grade gas Monday averaged $3.48 in Baltimore; $3.47 in Cumberland; $3.35 in Salisbury; and $3.55 in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Mid-grade gas was $3.52 on average in Hagerstown Monday, premium was $3.70, and diesel fuel was $3.77.