Gas prices in Utah have been on the rise based on the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) tally, which ranked the state as the ninth most expensive in the country.
An AAA Utah report showed that the average gas price in the state amounted to $2.45 per gallon in March 2017. It now rose to $2.61 as of early February and continued a growth streak for six weeks in a row.
Expensive Fuel Prices
The increase stemmed from issues with the Wasatch Pipeline, which delivers crude oil to different parts of Utah, according to AAA Utah spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough. Due to the high cost of fuel, many people have now considered driving electric vehicles or buying customized bicycles from a cargo bike company like MADSEN Cycles.
These alternatives could be a more common sight on roads, especially in California and Minnesota where prices have risen by 21 cents and 19 cents, respectively, according to the AAA. Drivers in Texas may have noticed the lowest increase as prices there only average $2.36 per gallon.
Transportation Infrastructure Funds
AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney urged the federal government to raise the U.S. gas tax, which would then help in paying for road and bridge infrastructure upgrades. A “modest increase” could approximately match inflation and boost the Highway Trust Fund. The country has not increased the fuel tax since 1993.
Of course, any increase in the federal gas tax would mean higher costs for consumers. Hence, it would either force people to spend less time on the road or finally consider buying vehicles that rely on other power sources.
High gas prices should prompt drivers in Utah and other states to consider other alternative options for transportation. These alternatives will not only save you money but also help the environment by reducing the carbon footprint from vehicle smoke.