Fuel Prices Spike

Pain at the pump is continuing to grow for motorists.

According to a AAA spokesperson, the average gas price in the metropolitan area, including Naperville, has climbed to $4.30.

That’s the second highest in the country, behind Chicago at about $4.50.

“The Chicagoland area experienced some refinery issues so that sent prices higher,” said Beth Mosher, spokesperson for AAA. “There was also a pipeline leak in Wisconsin which added to that and then on top of all of that, we have the problems associated with Hurricane Isaac that really sent prices higher.”

One industry actually benefiting from the fluctuating fuel cost is public transportation. The Pace Bus company has seen a 7.4% increase in the number of riders up to this point this year over last.

In Naperville, Pace ridership has remained steady instead of rising, but the company’s spokesperson says that’s a good thing.

“Most of the service in Naperville connects to the Metra stations and we’ve had a fare increase so that’s probably dropped some ridership on Metra but Pace ridership has stayed strong in the city and that’s important because it shows a consistent need for services,” said Patrick Wilmot, spokesperson for Pace.

AAA does expect gas prices to go back down a bit after the situation in the gulf stabilizes, the summer driving season recedes, and the winter blend of fuel hits the markets.

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