After 31 weeks of declines, the statewide average for gasoline increased, if only by a penny.
The average for a gallon of unleaded gas in Texas rose to $1.85, which is still well below the $3.98 that motorists were paying a year ago, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge report.
Dallas motorists were paying the most for gas, at $1.88, with Fort Worth and Arlington not far behind at $1.87, the travel and insurance agency reported. Among major metropolitan areas, San Antonio drivers were paying the least, at $1.80.
The Texas price increase came as the national average toyed with going to $2 a gallon, AAA reported. But that figure stalled at $2.04.
The slowing of the decline is being tied to price upticks in the Midwest that stem from refinery issues, the agency reported. AAA expects the national and state averages to remain below $3 in 2015.
“We don’t know if gas prices in Texas have reached their lowest point yet, but we will continue to watch them every week,” said Doug Shupe, AAA Texas spokesman.
FortWorthGasPrices.com, a consumer website, was showing an average of $1.85 statewide and $1.87 in Fort Worth and Arlington.
Fourteen stations in Tarrant County were reporting selling gas at $1.72.
Max B. Baker, 817-390-7714