Prices rising quickly for South Sound fuel

Staff writerApril 15, 2014 

People wait in line to gas up their vehicles at the Costco in Tacoma Friday, May 25, 2012. Washington state now has the fourth highest gas prices in the nation with regular fuel at an average a $4.24 a gallon, behind Hawaii, Alaska and California, according to AAA. Some analysts are predicting a hike up to 35 cents a gallon along the West Coast for this holiday weekend while prices in the rest of the nation are expected to drop. Visit for up-to-date information on where to find the lowest gas prices in Tacoma. (Heather Perry/Staff photographer)

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If you find gasoline selling for less than $3.60 a gallon in the South Sound this week, fill up.

Gas prices are rising quickly in the region with increases of nearly 8 cents a gallon in the last week in the South Sound.  Those average prices are up 20 cents a gallon in the last month.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded regular in the Tacoma area Tuesday was near $3.81 a gallon, but at least nine service stations in the area were selling gas for under $3.60 a gallon according to

Among those Tacoma-area bargain retailers were two Costcos, several Arcos and Safeway gas stations. In the Olympia area, no gas stations were below $3.60. The lowest price in Thurston County Tuesday was $3.64 a gallon at the Steamboat Trading Post, 6610 Sexton Drive NW.

Though federal energy officials are predicting gas prices over the summer will be lower this year than last nationwide, prices here now exceed the national average by about 20 cents a gallon.

Present average prices here are about 18 cents more than they were here last year at this time. 

Gas prices have risen very steadily in Western Washington since February 3 when the average was $3.29 a gallon, the lowest average for 2014 thus far.

What the market hasn't done this year is fluctuate wildly as it did in 2013 when gas prices hit $4.03 a gallon early in the spring, then fell steeply in April before rebounding to over $4 again in May.




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